PropertyFindsAsia.com | Building a positive team spirit is probably the most important thing for the success of any group project, as well as your organization as a whole. On paper, all you have to do is make a group that consists of complementary people and organize them in work units. Still, if this were so, there wouldn’t be so many enterprises out there failing because their teams simply don’t work. Building a positive team spirit is both a science and an art form and, like every art, it takes time, patience and dedication. Here are four methods you can use in order to help your team develop a positive team spirit.
Show them the big picture
Chances are that the majority of your employees are millennials and millennials are all about making a difference. This makes your job so much easier, seeing as how all you have to do is explain to them where they fit in the big picture. Tell them exactly in what way their performance affects their colleagues and the company as a whole. Tell them that you couldn’t do this without them and explain it to them that, in order to grow your enterprise, they need to keep up the good work. Other than using the enterprise (which can be seen as a faceless entity), you can also show tell them that their colleagues are counting on them.
There are some people in your employ, who (even though they’re probably pulling their own weight) are making it much harder for others to focus on the task at hand. Some people are competitive to the level of open hostility. They will backstab, sabotage and tell on their employees by believing that this, somehow, improves their chances of getting a position that they need. Others are just… well, not a good company. Modern psychology colloquially calls these people emotional vampires and having just one such person in your employ can have the effects felt throughout your organization. Needless to say, this is not something that you can allow to happen.
Improve your organization
One of the best ways to improve the team spirit is to turn your team into a community. Here, everyone has their role, even though they all belong to the same team. The tasks amongst them will be delegated according to their position, their skills and their dispositions but their unity will be displayed in their uniforms, shared workspace, as well as markings like name badges. On the other hand, working in a disorganized environment can turn your company upside down. Due to the fact that nothing is getting done right, people will start looking for those responsible and start blaming their coworkers. Soon, this can turn your office into a hostile work environment, which is something that you definitely want to avoid.
Finally, you need to understand that the majority of your workers tend to be reward-driven. So, in order to help them figure out the importance of team spirit, you need to start rewarding teamwork. Other than this, you also need to develop a habit of rewarding teams instead of individuals. You can reward workgroups (even in the smallest of enterprises there are mini-departments). This way, you’re encouraging rivalry between workgroups that can enhance inter-group unity and make your productivity skyrocket.
Turning your employees into a team will take time, even if everything goes according to plan. It takes a while for them to get to know each other, to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and even develop personal relationships amongst themselves. This means that, even with your best effort, you’ll have to wait for the results. Fortunately, it’s all more than worth it.