The success of a small business largely depends on the commitment and hard work of its team, but morale and enthusiasm can suffer when people are faced with long workdays, tight deadlines, and constant change.
That’s why it’s helpful to take time to implement some practices that encourage your small business team to recommit to your company.
Lead the Way to Recommitment for Your Small Business Team With These Tips
Strengthen Trust Among Your Team Members
Without trust, teams tend to struggle to function effectively. As Pat Lencioni explains, “Teamwork remains the one sustainable competitive advantage that has been largely untapped.”
Fortunately, there are a few simple activities that can help you build a culture of trust with both new and long-time team members. Start by providing ways for employees to get to know each other better, such as scheduling meals and recreational activities. Casual team outings, like going out to lunch or attending a local sporting event, may not seem like much, but they can make a big difference in helping your teammates commit to each other, and to your small business.
Bridge Gaps With Team Building Assessments
Team building assessments provide an effective way to gain insight into individual preferences, goals, and strengths. For example, some team members prefer an extraverted way of communicating and some prefer an introverted way of communicating. Learning one another’s preference helps people communicate more effectively. A personality assessment like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can help your team understand how to approach problem solving as well as how to deal with conflict. This level of understanding creates a strong foundation for collaboration, relationship growth, and commitment to deliver greater results.
Create a Sense of Purpose
When it comes to running a successful business, it’s important to ensure that all members of your team understand how their work contributes to the bigger picture. To help team members make that connection,be sure to share the company’s vision statement and any culture statements, mission statements, or even your ‘why.’ In addition, share your company’s high level, long term goals, financial and otherwise, as well as the short term goals. People can’t see how they fit into your business’ goals if they don’t know what your business goals are.
Listen to Your Team’s Ideas and Feedback
Holding meetings regularly is critical. We always recommend to our business coaching clients that they set up a ‘meeting rhythm’ and stick to it. Regular meetings provide team members with a platform for feedback. You can also show your team that you value their contributions by encouraging them to speak if they have an idea that might help drive the business forward.
Recognize and Celebrate Successes
When working together toward a shared goal, it’s important to remember to focus on collective outcomes and celebrate each success along the way. The power of everyone coming together to achieve the same goal using different skills and processes can create a sense of accomplishment and commitment that drives everyone to keep going.
Inform Your Small Business Team
Keep your team up to date about company happenings, successes, disappointments, and areas of improvement. If they are aware of the progress being made, your employees are more likely to stay dedicated to their work. Regular team meetings are a great way to keep everyone in the loop.
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