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Could your team use a tune-up?

Teams have a way of telling us when things are not working as they should.

Just like a car that has a small niggling problem that’s not serious, but you know you should do something about it.

Perhaps you’ve had a similar experience, with a car, computer or other technology?

Have you ever had those nagging doubts about your team(s) at work?

Things are running smoothly, but you know they could be even better if you took the time to look under the bonnet and do some team maintenance.

There are many reasons managers avoid taking action…

  • Time  “Sure, we’d like to do something, but we are always so busy.”
  • Uncertainty  “I really don’t know where to start.”
  • Fear “We are doing pretty well.  I don’t want to risk opening a can of worms.”
  • Scepticism  “We tried team building activities before.  It was fun but it didn’t really transfer back to the workplace.”

If this is starting to sound familiar, read on…

Why should you take time out to work on this issue?

Teams that have been selected, trained and coached according to the strengths of the individual members will always out-perform any others composed and managed simply along functional lines.

Teams outshine their competition when they

  • Have shared goals and a focus on outcomes
  • Value cohesion, communication and collaboration
  • Recognise and share work according to their individual strengths

Any team building activity that contributes to better teamwork will focus on how these high-performance characteristics are applied in the workplace.

You could start by learning more about your team. Or read this case study of one team development process.

So – what will YOU do now?

With our years of experience working with teams, we have a heap of tools and resources we’re happy to share, so get in touch if you would like some help.

PS. The H Factor has an inbuilt platform to enable teams to work better together. Book your free demo today!

 

About Susan Rochester

BSc MHRM FIML
Susan Rochester has been managing director of Balance at Work since 2006. Susan has a natural tendency to balance analytical thinking with an optimistic outlook to set direction and solve problems. She is an effective facilitator and constantly creates new and more effective ways of doing things, motivated by helping others to achieve their goals.

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