Build a culture of communication and enjoy the benefits
Communication, delegation and good team relationships are the basis of a good business. How well are you communicating with your employees?
Boring Monday morning meetings where staff fall asleep and leave feeling unmotivated and unproductive should be a thing of the past.
Enter: team building activities where staff learn to work with each other and communicate. I know a lot of businesses that are starting to accept these techniques.
In business, staff is everything. We need to train, delegate and communicate with them, and team building activities can teach your staff how to communicate with each other and with you as the owner or manager. Team building can also build relationships. The best way to get new business is by developing new relationships – if a customer trusts you they’re much more likely to do repeat business.
So the new way of team building needs to be embraced by all business. If you haven’t tried it, now is the time to look into it. I expect some business owners will say they don’t have the funds or the time, but that just tells me that you aren’t investing in your business nor are you willing to.
Perhaps, instead of having a lunch to celebrates the end of the financial year or as a Christmas party, which costs you time, money and staff aren’t all that interested in, you could find a team building activity that all employees can get involved with and can learn some new skills at the same time.
As business owners, we all know it’s tough to attract the right staff and that keeping them happy is even harder. But as the owner, you need to take a mentor approach when it comes to training your staff and allowing them to grow. You need to make sure employees feel involved, as if they are part owners of the business. If your staff feel like they have something to work for or something to achieve, of course they’re going to work harder.
Communication, delegation and relationships are the life blood of a business. You need continued focus for all members of your team (including yourself) on building and honing your skills. We all know you can’t delegate staff a job and expect them to perform well, without first giving them the skills they need and properly communicating what the end result should be.
So instead of your next weekly meeting, how about you look at some inexpensive team building activities? And make sure they happen during business hours, not before or after.