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TEAM BUILDING IN THE NEW YEAR

Team Building

CLOSING OUT 2020 / LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021

I’m writing this post about team building on Dec. 23, my “last official” workday of 2020. Like the rest of us, I look forward to 2021 and am hoping that visiting this blog becomes a regular exercise and that you will be reading this in the early days of 2021. I want to wish you a Happy and Successful New Year!

Although in my part of the world, northeastern US, we are entering the darkest and coldest days of the year, and the calendar is resetting itself, my mind naturally travels forward to March 21, the first day of Spring, nature’s explosive season of renewal. Instead of preaching and proclaiming the need for everyone to budget a considerable amount of their marketing and branding spend on SWAG such as promotional products, I will focus on how to take advantage of this time to make your work environment a place where people like to be.

TEAM BUILDING. CREATING GOALS WITH YOUR TEAM – ONE ON ONE

As we return to work, I recommend you schedule one on one meetings with your staff. The purpose is to share the company’s goals for the year and, more importantly, allow your team to share their thoughts on the good, bad and ugly in the organization.

I find implementing this in the new year proves to be more insightful and effective than at the end of the year. Firstly, at the end of what was a challenging year for everyone, people’s minds are primarily on Holiday rituals and less on work. Secondly, in the new year after everyone has had at least some time off, people come back rested, recharged, and with a renewed sense of purpose.

DISCUSSION STRUCTURE

Below are a few suggestions from an article about team building I read by Dr Cindy McGovern, a top-rated speaker, consultant and best-selling author of “Every Job Is A Sales Job.”

CLOSING OUT 2020 / LOOKING FORWARD TO 2021

I’m writing this post about team building on Dec. 23, my “last official” workday of 2020. Like the rest of us, I look forward to 2021 and am hoping that visiting this blog becomes a regular exercise and that you will be reading this in the early days of 2021. I want to wish you a Happy and Successful New Year!

Although in my part of the world, northeastern US, we are entering the darkest and coldest days of the year, and the calendar is resetting itself, my mind naturally travels forward to March 21, the first day of Spring, nature’s explosive season of renewal. Instead of preaching and proclaiming the need for everyone to budget a considerable amount of their marketing and branding spend on SWAG such as promotional products, I will focus on how to take advantage of this time to make your work environment a place where people like to be.

TEAM BUILDING. CREATING GOALS WITH YOUR TEAM – ONE ON ONE

As we return to work, I recommend you schedule one on one meetings with your staff. The purpose is to share the company’s goals for the year and, more importantly, allow your team to share their thoughts on the good, bad and ugly in the organization.

I find implementing this in the new year proves to be more insightful and effective than at the end of the year. Firstly, at the end of what was a challenging year for everyone, people’s minds are primarily on Holiday rituals and less on work. Secondly, in the new year after everyone has had at least some time off, people come back rested, recharged, and with a renewed sense of purpose.

DISCUSSION STRUCTURE

Below are a few suggestions from an article about team building I read by Dr Cindy McGovern, a top-rated speaker, consultant and best-selling author of “Every Job Is A Sales Job.”

Team Building

1. Get Their Idea
You never know who might come up with your company’s next big initiative. Ask them for their feedback—and then listen. McGovern says that when former PepsiCo CEO told the corporation’s thousands of employees that they should take ownership of the company, one janitor took it seriously. He suggested dusting Cheetos with chili powder instead of cheese powder and the result—Flamin’ Hot Cheetos—ended up being one of the brand’s top sellers.

  1. Enable Your Team Members to Solve Problems

What is something that isn’t working quite right on your team or in your organization? Invite your team to solve the issue. You could sweeten the deal by offering a financial or incentive reward to the employees.

Team Building
Team Building
  1. Adjust for Personal Needs

Everyone in your organization has different needs. Some may need to adjust their work hours due to family obligations. Others may need to work from home occasionally, while some may need extra time off. As a way of showing your support, find out what your team want and need the most, and then make that happen for them. McGovern says that companies as large as GE and as small as five-person companies offer flex hours to help their employees and boost their ability to recruit newcomers. We have all seen that Work from Home (WFH) is an effective option.

1. Get Their Idea

Team Building

You never know who might come up with your company’s next big initiative. Ask them for their feedback—and then listen. McGovern says that when former PepsiCo CEO told the corporation’s thousands of employees that they should take ownership of the company, one janitor took it seriously. He suggested dusting Cheetos with chili powder instead of cheese powder and the result—Flamin’ Hot Cheetos—ended up being one of the brand’s top sellers.

2. Enable Your Team Members to Solve Problems

Team Building

What is something that isn’t working quite right on your team or in your organization? Invite your team to solve the issue. You could sweeten the deal by offering a financial or incentive reward to the employees.

2. Enable Your Team Members to Solve Problems

Team Building

Everyone in your organization has different needs. Some may need to adjust their work hours due to family obligations. Others may need to work from home occasionally, while some may need extra time off. As a way of showing your support, find out what your team want and need the most, and then make that happen for them. McGovern says that companies as large as GE and as small as five-person companies offer flex hours to help their employees and boost their ability to recruit newcomers. We have all seen that Work from Home (WFH) is an effective option.

In doing the above, you show you care and that your team members are valuable personally and professionally and results in a team invested in your organization and its success.

In doing the above, you show you care and that your team members are valuable personally and professionally and results in a team invested in your organization and its success.

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