Traditionally, one of the hardest attributes to assess in a candidate, is the ability to work with other people. There is no point in asking them because they will always give you a positive answer and you are no closer to the truth.
More and more businesses are realising the benefits of incorporating teams into their work place. These team building tips are designed to help you to encourage your employees to work together and, most importantly, to feel like a valued member of the entire group.
Are happy employees more productive? Should employers and managers hire people that are more positive and happy with their lives? Should organizations be creating the kind of conditions that enhance worker happiness? These are the kinds of questions that have been occupying the attention of researchers and psychologists in recent years, in an attempt to provide definitive evidence that can or can't demonstrate a link between happy workers and greater productivity.
All businesses need team building and not just in the good times. When times get hard, one of the instincts of any business is to pull in its horns and to cut spending. The first thing to go is usually the company 'jolly'; the corporate entertainment event. Then the next thing is to stop sending employees on team building. Why? Where is the wisdom in that?
There are many reasons why bosses don't give recognition. It could be that you are so busy that the opportunity slips by and you forget about it later or think it's too late at that point. Or you may find giving recognition is embarrassing for both you and the person or that if you single one person out, others might feel slighted. Or perhaps you think your employees know when things are going well and they don't need to hear from you about it.
Goals are a great way to improve team performance. Clear goals with measurable standards must be developed and agreed upon with the team. One simple way to help determine what team goals should be is to utilize the four C's of goal setting. The C's stand for goal clarity, measurable criteria, worthwhile challenge, and team commitment.
Are your employees jacks of all trades, but masters of none? While it is a good idea to cross train so more than one person has important knowledge, too much can cause a person to become overwhelmed and unable to invest the time to become an expert in one area. Thus you are left with a lot of people who can do a little of everything, but no one who has the skills to do a particular job really well.
Apathy and complacency can spread through an organization like the plague. It is easy to catch if employees are not motivated to work. Take the initiative to spring ahead with fresh action steps that will increase your employees' motivation levels, and yours.
Responsibility and accountability are aspects of ownership. Only those who feel a true sense of ownership in your company will be sincerely responsible to it and accountable for their own actions – isn't that why you're so responsible and accountable, because you own the place?
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