Creating a cohesive working environment is the best way to help your staff’s talent shine through. There is no quicker way to foster growth than through collaboration. Two heads, as they say, are better than one. Ten heads are even better. If you can master the art of getting your team singing from the same hymn sheet, you’re onto a real winner. If it weren’t easier said than done, though, I wouldn’t be writing this post.
Thousands of small business owners are concerned about the ways they can leverage their teamwork. While we’re in the habit of spouting out tired cliches; too many cooks spoil the broth. So, how do The Avengers manage to pull it off so effortlessly? Truth be told, they probably picked up on a few of the following tricks.
1. An Open Line of Communication
Guess what? As the big boss man, it’s your job to make sure that the line of communication in the office remains open. It’s all too easy to delegate to different heads of department. But your business will only suffer for it. Take the responsibility and make sure that everyone is on the same page. Lead by example, and assure everyone that any query is a worthy query if it leads to getting the job done right.
2. Encourage Individual Expression
It’s a known fact that people are more comfortable if you take the reigns off. And what happens when somebody feels more comfortable? They’re able to think more creatively. You should have the utmost faith in your staff to be able attack problems strategically. Otherwise, what on earth are they doing on the company payroll? Make sure nobody feels as if they’re unable to express their ideas. For every garbage concept you hear, there’ll be a gem in there somewhere.
3. Make Use of Technology
The nature of business has evolved dramatically. The digital age has left its cyber mark on all of us. No business in the world, let alone a small business, can afford to pass up on their technological opportunities. The key to a streamlined business is making use of the technology we have available to us. Manage your documents in the cloud. Create a secure phone line throughout your office building. Make use of software automation.
4. Map Out Clear Goals and Expectations
What good are your staff if they’re all pulling in different directions? That’s the best way to make sure that your rise to the top is littered with roadblocks. Every single decision your team makes between them should be with an eye on progression. They must all know their roles and targets, and be capable of working towards them independently.
5. Strengthen Your Team Bonding
So many businesses look at team building exercises as an unnecessary expense. It’s taking money out of your bank account and man power out of the office. But can you really afford to neglect it? I don’t believe so. Your staff should enjoy coming to work, and appreciate the company of their colleagues. Try to cultivate a culture that sees strong relationships forging. The more comfortable people are around each other, the better they can communicate.