Workplace culture plays an integral role in an employee’s ability to thrive. Happy team members are great for helping your boss’ company succeed. After all, much of their happiness depends on the business thriving. Building a strong, happy team is a challenge you’ll face as a team leader. However, it’s a challenge you can meet head-on if you follow these useful tips for building a positive workplace culture.
Value All Team Members
Actions speak louder than words. You can say that you value all your team members as much as you want, but they’ll pay attention to what you do, not what you say. A disparity between actions and words creates a negative workplace culture. Nepotism, malice, and envy shouldn’t feature in your workplace. All employees should be given a fair chance to compete equally.
Therefore, they should all clearly understand what you expect from them and how their performance will be assessed from the get-go. Feedback should be given periodically so that each team member can be given an opportunity to improve. Showing team members that they’re valued also includes offering incentives for meeting performance targets and for just being awesome. Show that you care about who they are and what they have to offer.
Encourage them to use their innate talents
Placing employees on teams, or assigning them to tasks, that suit their skillsets sets the tone for a good workplace culture. Team members who’re allowed to do what comes naturally to them will be more productive and better able to make a positive contribution to the workplace. Stories are told of people who’re placed in managerial positions who just don’t have the right temperament or skillset to be leaders. It’s like throwing them into deep waters and expecting them to learn how to swim.
You may see that one of your team members has the potential to thrive in a particular role. As a leader, your responsibility is to help that employee engage and release that potential. You can’t just throw the person into shark-infested waters and expect amazing results. Providing the right mentorship, guidance and training opportunities is crucial.
Build a Culture of Teamwork in the Workplace
Teamwork is crucial to business success, but we know that building a culture of teamwork in the workplace is challenging. The right synergy must exist amongst your team members so that they work as a cohesive unit. Weak links must either be strengthened or shown through the door. You must also know your team members well enough to group them with the right people to work on projects. Poor groupings will result in unnecessary conflict that makes training in professionalism and being team players mandatory.
Conflicts will arise that test your conflict resolution skills. Things won’t always work perfectly, but your team members must appreciate the fact that teamwork is a part of the company’s ethos and must drive everything they do. Introverts and those with individualistic tendencies have no excuse. Teamwork in the workplace must become a natural part of your workplace culture.
Be an exceptional leader by helping to create a workplace culture in which all employees can thrive. This culture can only be created when all team members: feel valued, are given adequate mentorship and guidance, are allowed to use their innate skills and are encouraged to work together cohesively. Accomplishing these tasks is no easy feat, but it’s important for the continued success of the team you’ve been charged to lead.
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