If you’ve ever played sports as a kid, you know how much fun it is to be on a team; especially a team that wins together. You also understand that when your team works well as a unit, they can accomplish amazing things.
But what if your team isn’t exactly working together? What if your team is not playing on the same page? What if the players are all good at different things, but don’t understand how to work together to win?
As a business owner, you know that teamwork makes the dream work.
But building a team is not as easy as finding people who are good at their jobs. It’s also about finding people who are good at working together, and that means knowing what you’re looking for when you hire new employees.
Here are 5 tips to build a team that wins together:
1. Make sure everyone knows the company mission and values—and that those things align with your own personal values. It’s important to be on the same page about what matters most to everyone, so they can all feel empowered to do their best work. This will help ensure that your employees are motivated by something other than just money or prestige (which isn’t sustainable).
2. Set clear expectations for performance so that everyone knows exactly what’s expected of them and how they’ll be evaluated. Make sure these expectations are fair and specific so that it’s clear whether or not each employee is meeting them. This keeps things running smoothly. It ensures there aren’t any surprises when someone is let go because they weren’t living up to expectations.
3. Offer regular feedback, both positive and constructive. This shows your employees that you’re paying attention to their work and care about their development, which can help them feel more motivated in their jobs. It also gives you a chance to address any issues early on so they don’t become bigger problems later.
4. Encourage employees to take breaks! This seems counterintuitive, but it’s actually been shown to increase productivity and creativity. Employees who are well-rested will come back refreshed. They will have the capacity to tackle any facing challenges.
5. Finally, create a positive work environment where your employees feel appreciated and supported. This can be anything from regular team-building exercises to simply making sure the office space is comfortable and inviting. Your employees will be much more likely to stick around and do their best work if they feel like they’re part of a supportive community.
When it comes to your business, you’re the one who has the vision—the big picture. Your team is the one who helps you make that vision a reality. Using these 5 tips to build your team will help you to better collaborate with them and create an environment where everyone wins, together.