When you own a busy company, everyone's time is consumed with their work and there isn't much time for team-building. However, not being able to take time off and go to a company retreat every week doesn't mean that there is nothing you can do to bring your team together. With the ideas below, you should be able to ensure that everyone feels they are working on an effective, close team.
Clarify Job Responsibilities
There are times when team cohesiveness isn't as strong as it could be because of confusion about who is responsible for certain tasks. For instance, if no one has the specific responsibility to put paper into the printer when it's empty, people may think that it's someone else's job or feel resentful that they always seem to be doing it. To use another example, when working on a team project, there can be some dissatisfaction when one person does most of the work and others are fine with that. By explaining what you expect out of certain people and certain positions, everyone understands their role better and relationships won't suffer. Not only will this enhance your team-building efforts, but individuals can feel more fulfilled when they're able to meet expectations based on clear guidelines.
Solve Problems Quickly
It is vital that you don't sit on problems for days and weeks without doing something about them. If you wait to take care of issues that you know exist, they can become worse and affect other areas. Make it a point to fix or at least publicly address any problems you become aware of within a certain time period. This makes people more likely to be honest with you about things happening in the company. Knowing that you can be counted on to handle things can make a stronger team.
Make Time to Celebrate
If your company functions like many, parties and celebrations are reserved for the end of the year, holidays, birthdays and retirements. Completion of projects are likely treated as a matter of course and nothing special. To create more of a team spirit, you may want to start making time to celebrate the end of different projects or milestones when they're met. Celebrations don't have to be over-the-top endeavors; something as simple as ordering pizza can give everyone something to look forward to. As a result, they may be more eager to work together to meet milestones and complete projects.
These ideas can be implemented at your workplace to make everyone feel as if they're on a winning team. Talking with your industry peers can provide further insight and more suggestions for team-building experiences at a place like Bates Motel Escape Rooms.