Team unity is tricky because you need employees with different personalities and past experiences to think and act alike. Getting everyone on the same page often comes down to fostering strong communication within and between teams or departments. That includes building trust and camaraderie between you and lower-level team members. Whether you have one employee or twenty, the following tips can help.
Company Service Project
Company service projects not only give back to the community but bring your employees together and gives your business great PR as well. People with varying backgrounds and personalities can find common ground when working together for a greater cause. While serving others, your employees have the opportunity to see you as a relatable human who is approachable in and out of the office. If you don’t like the idea of picking up trash at a local park, create opportunities for skill-based service projects. Connect with local charities in need of volunteer services that align with the skills your employees already possess. Your employees will gain experience while giving back to their communities and bonding with you on a new level.
Any activity that encourages employees to work together can serve as a team-building activity. While ropes courses and wilderness adventures are bold options, you can also create in-office activities that don’t interrupt the flow of business. For example, you could have a cooking contest to award the best chili or fried chicken recipe. If only the office cooks want to compete, everyone can still taste test and vote. Try activities like scavenger hunts or playing inclusive team-building games on Fridays. Anything that encourages employees to interact with you and one another will foster a sense of unity that carries over into work projects.
Crowdsource for Big Decisions
When more than 1,400 employees and executives were surveyed about teamwork within their companies, over 85 percent blamed workplace failures on inefficient collaboration and communication. Of the employees polled, 90 percent believed decision-makers could improve collaboration by seeking the opinion of others before making final decisions. While company service projects and team-building activities are great for PR and can encourage employees of all levels to work together, a culture of collaboration is essential to unity. Your employees are your crowd. Make it a habit to ask for their input, even when the final decision is all yours.
If you were asked to rate the collaboration and unity within your company, what would you say? Most companies have room for improvement, and it’s never too late to start building a strong team that functions as one unit despite your personal differences.
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