In today’s business world, people must have the ability to interact with each other across diverse roles and skills to produce common goals. This describes how quality teams operate, with employees working together to crosshatch new ideas and solve problems.
One of the essential goals of any company should be to foster these harmonic and productive teams to continually create new value for the business. Unfortunately, quality teams don’t, as a rule, make themselves! Cultivating teamwork starts at the top, and best of all, it doesn’t have to cost a bundle.
Let’s look at how small business leaders can prioritize this critical management function “” even on a limited budget.
Strike a balance between employee bonding and team building
Often, companies confuse team-building activities with normal socializing between employees. While both can contribute to a winning company culture, they serve different purposes.
Most of us enjoy working with people we know enough about to be comfortable. Spending time together and socializing in a non-work setting can break down barriers and help us bond more closely with our co-workers.
Employee bonding has many emotional and psychological benefits and creates opportunities for workers to get to know each other better. But, it won’t teach employees how to work together more cohesively as a unit. Companies looking for teamwork that improves real work tasks need to also build activities around practical work skills.
When you’re budgeting to build quality teams, make sure you are considering both these team bonding and building opportunities.
Build a more productive team
When some business leaders think of team-building activities, they may conjure up images of expensive, offsite events facilitated by corporate team-building event companies. But, as at least one investigator discovered, these types of events aren’t so effective at building quality teams.
A better approach is to focus teams on real-world business issues, like setting company goals, strategic planning, reducing costs, or streamlining workflow. These are relevant tasks the business should already be tackling, but frequently get lost in the shuffle of the everyday workload.
Is it necessary to go offsite to accomplish these planning activities? Taking employees away from their everyday surroundings can certainly spur engagement and a fresh perspective. Businesses can realize similar results, however, in their own workspaces. What’s critical to successful team building is providing dedicated time for the members to interact with each other.
The right type of team-building activity boosts productivity, and morale. Every member of a team, regardless of their skills or background, has something unique to offer. Teammates walk away knowing they’ve contributed to the company’s goals, and they accomplished that goal by working together. And, businesses that know how to build great teams are more likely to produce great results.
Gain access to an existing pool of talented workers
If your business doesn’t have the time or resources to build a bigger internal team, outsourcing can be a rewarding solution! Businesses of all sizes can save on budget and improve efficiency by partnering with a quality outsourcing provider for contract labor services, like Ohio Valley Goodwill.
Ohio Valley Goodwill’s Industrial Services Division is comprised of a highly motivated team of workers who are ready to handle your assembly, kitting, and fulfillment projects. Whether you need contract labor solutions on a temporary or more permanent basis, you can expect Ohio Valley Goodwill to produce the results you’re looking for with a deep commitment to providing excellent work and exceeding expectations.
Are you familiar with the Goodwill mission to provide meaningful work opportunities for disabled individuals and veterans? If you’re a business leader looking for a cost-effective contract labor solution, we encourage you to take a look at Ohio Valley Goodwill. Like many other companies in the Greater Cincinnati area who use our outsourcing services, you will gain a quality team while supporting a vital community mission.
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