The workplace culture has become more of a priority today. There’s no question it has an immense impact on employee engagement, productivity, and retention. In fact, 86% of employees and executives state that workplace failures are a result of a lack of collaboration and ineffective communication. Point being, it’s going to be difficult to move forward as a company without effective teamwork.
Our company has grown exceptionally in the past year and the amount of new employees we’ve hired has nearly doubled. This has been such an exciting transition but also creates a lot more room for miscommunication. Thankfully, we have an amazing HR team who has worked hard to make sure our company culture is positive, uplifting and motivating.
Building a camaraderie doesn’t mean hosting happy hours and planning fun events for you and your co-workers- it’s so much more than that. It’s about creating a mentality that we are all in it together for a common shared purpose. When teammates are connected in a meaningful way, their productivity and retention go up. So as a leader, it’s super important to create an environment that fosters positive relationship building and mutual trust. Here are my tips to create a camaraderie among your team.
In order to run a highly functional team, it’s crucial to clarify roles in the beginning. It’s important to know how someone’s role is similar and different to yours and whether you can work together with that person. Chances are, you’ll find someone who can help you perform your job better than you would alone.
Specifying each person’s role creates a mutual agreement of trust that each job will be managed by the person assigned to it. This means that the social media manager won’t spend their time telling the finance team what to do. It’s important for employees to feel they are trusted with their role and making sure everyone is aware of each other’s roles is a huge part of that.
Share your vision
A company can not exist without a vision. Articulating the company’s vision shares that there is something everyone is working towards that is greater than themselves. It creates a purpose which drives motivation and dedication. People want to feel like what they are doing matters.
Sharing your vision isn’t something that should be done just once. It needs to be reinforced to continue growth and productivity. Find ways to augment that to your employees. At hint® every year, we host a team offsite. This past year we had it in Arizona, my hometown. We spent that time really digging deep into our company’s vision, mission, and goals. The feedback we got after the trip was so positive, we knew it was a great investment and time well spent.
Reward great teamwork
Employees devote a lot of time- nearly a third of their life to working, so recognizing and acknowledging their hard work is important. As a leader, it’s your job to reassure your team that you are aware of their efforts and work. Celebrate with your team by hosting activities out of the office. This will help employees build relationships aside from work and could give people a chance to get to know others whom they may not see typically at the office. There are so many ways to get out like going on a team hike or planning a dinner. If you’re stuck on ideas, ask your team for out of office activity suggestions, I’m sure they have plenty!
Encourage feedback from everyone
Encouraging constant feedback allows for improvements to be made ASAP. It’s better to address something as soon as possible rather than wait for it to become a bigger problem. Not only should leaders constantly provide feedback to their employees for constant improvement, but they should ask for feedback from employees. This lets people know that their opinion matters. Managers and leaders should not assume their employees are doing great. It’s important to check in and ask how things are going. This opens the door for better communication as well.
The power of team building is not something to take lightly. More than ever, companies are putting more efforts into positive company cultures and for good reason. When people are satisfied, they perform better, simple as that. How do you encourage camaraderie at work?