The best teams aren’t just a random conglomeration of strong team members, just as a quality jewelry chain isn’t simply a bunch of precious metal strung together. Fine gold doesn’t gain any value if it’s soldered together without care, and the same is true for your work teams. Approaching team building with the right resources and level of consideration lets you increase the value of each member’s contribution and ensure a culture where everyone supports each other in a positive, productive manner. One way organizations can invest in their teams is via customized team development training.
Even if you hire the cream of the crop, if your team doesn't work together in a cohesive manner, you might not see results. In a manufacturing environment, we know that production is only as fast as the slowest machine — this concept is true in any situation where people must work together to accomplish goals. If one person isn't working in the same direction as everyone else, the entire team suffers. If technical skills are robust but communication falters, the team is likely to face obstacles. By understanding and encouraging five behaviors for team cohesion, companies can develop teams that bring coveted hard and soft skills to the table and work together to achieve and exceed expectations.
At Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions, we provide customized team development programs that teach these five behaviors and provide work groups with the resources they need to continue building on skills learned. During personalized training, your team of 6 to 40 individuals will learn about:
According to a recent study by the American Psychological Association, 93 percent of all employees were more likely to do their best at work when they felt valued by their employers or valued at work. In contrast, only 33 percent of people who didn't feel like a valued part of the team said they felt motivated to make an effort in the workplace. Among those who felt valued, only one in five said they'd consider looking for a new job in the next year. On the other hand, 50 percent of the people who didn't feel valued expressed an interest in seeking alternative employment within 12 months.
Finding the right employees, preparing them for work and making them part of a truly cohesive team is expensive and time-consuming, so investing in existing staff and working to boost morale and encourage productivity and teamwork is important. Well-designed training courses nurture participants and encourage them to excel, to push the limits of their abilities and to work constructively and productively in teams.
Organizations that invest in teams see both tangible and intangible results. Communication that inspires and motivates helps create morale among the entire team — something that would be worth its weight in gold if you could measure it. Other results that come from strong leadership team and work team development include higher employee retention rates (and substantial HR cost savings), increased production and efficiency and better problem solving.
In addition to teaching teams to employ the five behaviors that make them cohesive and productive, we provide you with tools for monitoring results. Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions’ team development program includes a progress report framework . You'll receive survey results, points of discussion, a customized plan of action, guidance on setting priorities and a DiSC® team map — all designed to help your team navigate ongoing team building as you go forth to conquer business goals together.
How Well Does Everyone Know Each Other?
Even the most awkward first dates get a run for their money when new coworkers are suddenly thrust onto a project together. The lack of a clear leader, being unfamiliar with each other's working styles, clashing approaches to problem-solving and fear-induced timidity can all contribute to discomfort and substandard progress. You're unlikely to jump into the deep-end of discussion over introductory cocktails, and you need a similar “getting to know you” period in professional environments. Simply learning about teammates' perceived strengths and weaknesses, work histories and even hobbies breaks the ice and gives everyone equal footing and an equal voice from the outset.
Is Your Structure Lopsided?
You've got a good view from your managerial perch. Use it to survey your team and see whether certain parties are pulling more weight than others. Weak links aren't necessarily a cause for expulsion but rather an opportunity to redistribute tasks or probe the source of subpar performance to see whether there aren't more deep-seated issues threatening your team's foundation. Take note of sagging morale and consistent complaints either originating from or directed at particular team members; these red flags are open doors allowing you to address problems before they hit critical mass.
Would Your Team Benefit From a Change in Perspective?
Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your group is to shake up the routine. Sending everyone on a company retreat can be helpful in some instances, but often, the same problems arise once everyone is back in familiar territory, rededicated to the same tasks and without a new structure in place to prevent backsliding. Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions defies the odds and helps new habits take root by getting to the heart of what makes each team special. Rather than offering one-time events or a remote classroom setting where you send managers for a day or a week, our programs are customized to the hilt, taking each client's needs, goals and supervisory structure into account. Your experiences and ambitions help shape who you are, and they should help shape your work team training too.
What Is the Collective Goal?
Answer this question yourself, and then pose it to each team member individually. If the responses don't match, you've identified a major obstacle. Often, our focus is on the next milestone, and we can't see the forest for the trees. We work at capacity (or beyond) to meet an immediate deadline without much thought as to where we're ultimately going and certainly not how we're going to get there. Collaborative endeavors only prevail if everyone's efforts are in sync. Think of a rowboat: If there are four oars pulling in different directions, you'll never get anywhere. Confusion over team objectives is a symptom of more widespread miscommunication, and you're bound to see more evidence the closer you look.
Turnkey Coaching & Development Solutions offers programs throughout cities all over the United States. Starting with well-respected resources and building custom solutions for each organization ensures participating organizations get maximum ROI from each training. We don’t provide cookie-cutter training seminars or weekend programs you send a single employee to; instead, we work with you to develop customized team development solutions that hit hard out of the gate for your organization.
A team-building and team-development program is an effective way to build cohesion among your team. But it isn't a one-shot deal. The bonds forged through team-building activities can erode over time without proactive steps to keep them strong. That's why team development, as with culture development, should be an ongoing part of your business's strategy. True, you might not have the time or the funds for weekly team retreats, but you can incorporate productive and fun team-training exercises into your daily routine. This commitment, over time, will not only transform your team’s effectiveness but also have a positive impact on your company’s culture.
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