When a team member feels valued and appreciated, they're often happier and aspire to perform better in their role. That's why nourishing the relationship is so important. Here are five things you can do to strengthen your team's culture.
Building a positive team culture often starts with the workplace itself. After all, your office is where people spend most of their day so they should be made to feel comfortable there. That doesn't mean you have to decorate your office with expensive designer furniture and elaborate artwork. Small things for example, providing well-equipped work stations, minimising the use of bright and sterile overhead office lamps in favour of natural light, and adding some plants to your office décor can have a positive impact on team morale. If you have the extra room, consider adding collaborative spaces to your office layout, such as meeting rooms and lunch rooms, where you and your team can work on projects together or just catch up.
In a team environment, transparency is key. So, give your team the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your core business values and mission. By effectively communicating your intentions and goals, and actively involving your team members in your methodology, you can help them to relate to your brand on a deeper, more personal level. As a result, they can become more emotionally invested and motivated to make positive contributions to your cause.
Of course, it's also important to maintain this level of communication in the long run. This means making sure you keep your employees in the loop about what's happening in the business whether it affects their job directly or not. However, keep in mind that communication is a two-way street and, as such, you should be open to receiving feedback and using it to improve the outcomes of the business and your team.
Celebrating wins can be an opportunity to show your appreciation for the hard work and dedication your team puts into achieving common goals. That said, it's just as important to acknowledge the small wins as it is to commemorate the big ones. This can help everyone stay motivated on the way to reaching your bigger goals.
Just don't claim all the glory for yourself; giving credit where it's due will help make your team feel appreciated and valued. They're also likely to appreciate you in return for openly acknowledging their contribution.
Keep in mind that your employees are often just as eager as you to evolve professionally and personally. Factoring in development opportunities for your team will show them that you understand and support their ambitions. This can help strengthen your personal and professional bond, and help you win and maintain their loyalty for years to come. Chances are, they'll use their new skills and knowledge to help your business reach its goals.
Getting to know your team members on a more personal level can not only help you understand what makes them tick, but help you create a more authentic relationship with them. Organising regular social gatherings can help you break through initial barriers and connect with your workmates on a deeper level.
Building a strong team culture is about creating a feeling of togetherness, respect and appreciation. You may not achieve it in a day but, with commitment, you and your team can reap the benefits for many years to come.