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5 Ways To Build A Great Workplace Team

Every manager wishes to have a team of employees that work coherently together, bouncing off each other and bringing out the best in one another. But how do you go about creating these bonded teams, where strengths and weaknesses are balanced out around the group, and a few clear leaders emerge to direct the strategy? We have put together a few top tips to help managers who are trying to build their perfect workplace team – try them all out and let us know the results!

  1. Cultivate Balance.

No employee’s ideas are more important than another’s. Try to cultivate an attitude of equality amongst the group; any individual successes are celebrated as a team effort, and the same with all failures. This will give the workplace the incentive to work as a group, pitching it and helping to achieve more than they could independently.

  1. Identify Leaders.

Whilst equality and balance is always important, there will always be a few members of a team who stand out for having great leadership skills. They will steer debates, they will call for votes on important issues and they will be the bedrock that any good team is built on. If you don’t know who your leaders are, put your team in a situation where they are guaranteed to emerge – head out on a team-building activity together, or set a particularly tough task for them in the workplace and see who takes up the mantle.

  1. Encourage Communication.

No team will work efficiently if it has no internal channels of communication. Opening up these channels, especially with groups of new employees, can often be tough – conduct icebreakers each day, or send the entire team off on a team-building weekend to make sure that when they come back, they are comfortable and confident enough in their group to be able to speak up and participate.

  1. Endorse Different Styles of Working.

Not everyone will want to work in the same way as others, and this isn’t something that should be stamped out in a team environment. The diversity of a team is one of its biggest strengths, and trying to remove any form of varied thinking or alternative route is diluting this diversity. Allow people to work in the style that they feel comfortable – you may be surprised at the results that emerge!

  1. Acknowledge Success.

Teams thrive on success, and it’s important for managers to acknowledge it whenever it happens. Even the small victories can prove a useful incentive for each employee in the future, and it can help to cement the team’s work ethic – if the team know that their work is being noticed and rewarded, they will be more likely to respond in kind, working ever harder and producing better results.

If you are looking for a teambuilding activity with a difference, why not speak to us here at Musivate about how we can help?

The Dos and Don’ts of Workplace Icebreakers

We’ve all encountered our fair share of embarrassing workplace icebreaker games, which end up making people feel even more nervous and uncomfortable than before the game started. Icebreakers are important to get the creative juices flowing and ensure that everyone is at ease with one another; if they start off on the wrong note, it can put the entire session in jeopardy. To put an end to those awkward attempts to break the ice, we’ve compiled a list of Dos and Don’ts that will help any management team to get their group feeling relaxed and ready to conquer anything.

DO:

– Use your workplace icebreaker to help introduce employees to one another, get them chatting, find some common interests and, most important, share names! Many people can go an entire session without finding out someone’s name, and name badges are impersonal. Use your icebreaker as a great introductory session to other participants.

– Keep it simple. Icebreakers are intended to be ten-minute exercises that help people relax – they don’t need to spend half of that time having complex rules explained to them! The simple activities are often the best, and the most effective.

– Choose something that everyone can relate to and enjoy. If in doubt – go for a musical icebreaker. Everyone likes music in some form, and it can be a great way for groups to form connections with each other before they get down to the hard work.

– Be enthusiastic. Whatever happens, if you don’t endorse your icebreaker, your team will never get on board with it!

DON’T:

– Don’t come up with an icebreaker that will put people on the spot and make them feel uncomfortable. Encouraging someone to stand up and make a fool of themselves in front of the group might give everyone a good laugh and will certainly break the ice, but it doesn’t set the right tone for a productive session.

– There’s no need to limit icebreakers to the beginning of a session. They can be used to give a much-needed boost to bunch of flagging delegates who are starting to droop before lunch. Energise your team with a quick five-minute icebreaker.

– Don’t be afraid to mix it up if your icebreaker isn’t working. If people aren’t on board with your idea, cut it short and try something else that might get them all onside. There’s no point in continuing with a flagging game – it’s a waste of time for all involved and no one will feel any more comfortable than they did before they started.