The secret to keeping people together in the meeting room lies in how well they work together. No leader can make the best and brightest work together if they don’t feel connected to the group. Here are a few tips for making sure your team stays together come hell or high water.
- Invest your time on them. Provide them opportunities for growth in and outside work. Ask them to assist you during important meetings and accompany you to important events. Exposing them to various activities expresses your belief in their abilities and your desire to help them learn more. One-on-one consultations also help in levelling off expectations and monitoring progress.
- Play on each other’s strengths. Everyone has something good to contribute. Listen to their opinions and seriously consider what they have to say. Leaders are there to guide the decision making process, not to order people around. Delegate tasks according to ability to become more efficient with your work. Your team will appreciate your effort and they will take on the responsibility you give them with enthusiasm.
- Be transparent. Do not carry the weight of your work on your shoulders. If things are starting to look shaky, inform the team and talk about how to best handle the situation. This will communicate trust and promote a cooperative environment. Your team will feel that you value their opinions and that you believe that they can get things back on track. Conversely, if things are looking up inform the team that their efforts are paying off. Everyone will respect a leader that acknowledges a job well done.
- Show concern. While their personal life is none of your business, it might help to ask them about their day-to-day routine and show interest in their hobbies. Get them to open up about general concerns and come up with alternative solutions. Try to engage in other activities and interact with them outside of the workplace. You have to prioritize their well-being to make sure that they can do the work you give them and do it well.
- Celebrate small victories. Affirmation helps boost employee morale. Be generous with pats on the back, compliments and other forms of appreciation. Put up a board or wall of accomplishments or give congratulatory newsletters or handwritten notes to show that you are proud of the work they do. Take them out to lunch or to dinner if you can. But remember that rewards don’t always come in physical forms. Sometimes the best ones are the ones that come from the heart.