When a player on the basketball or football field is off, the whole team wonders what’s going on? Why does it feel like the team that is usually doing well, is lacking something? Similarly, in an office place or workplace, this has the same effect on workers. Mitchell Hughes Director of Forward Continuance says, “As a leader, it’s important to note that you are only as good as your team. If there is a bit of a glitch in some areas; there are ways to inspire and motivate your team to do well.”
1.) Hold brainstorming sessions. Gather your entire crew and see how you can share ideas to better others, or help the office in general. Forward Continuance believes that by regularly exchanging ideas, it helps to keep our team fresh.
2.) Encourage personal growth. As a leader, you must be a mentor and figure that promotes growth. If you notice someone is struggling in the workplace, help them understand what they need to do better. By doing this you are increasing the productivity of your entire workplace because it’s more efficient when everyone is doing well.
3.) Push limits. “If a leader never pushes their team, the workplace becomes still and unmoving. To improve that, encourage the representatives to step out their comfort zone and try to go above their goals little by little everyday,” mentions Mitchell Hughes of Forward Continuance.
4.) Be respectful. Most times workers do well when they know they are respected for the effort they put in to make the office better. Showing that respect will earn you respect as a leader. But also, it will encourage hard work, dedication, and a productive team environment.
5.) Stress the company’s purpose. Why is important to do well individually and as a whole group? By setting weekly goals and accomplishing them shows a great deal of teamwork. Remind your team that getting numbers makes a difference. Show a greater purpose of how your company is helping in the long run. “Make sure to include how your company helps others and how you’re making a difference in your field, ” says Mitchell Hughes of Forward Continuance.
Andrew Carnegie once stated, “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Forward Continuance embodies this statement at our office. We encourage the growth of every individual because it promotes a great team environment ultimately.