The ability to work well as a team can make a world of difference in your staff. Not only will they be more cohesive, they’ll be more productive and creative as well. But with so many different personalities and work styles, it can be difficult to promote teamwork in the office. One of the simplest ways to encourage this is by lending a helping hand around the office. When staff members work together to accomplish a task or project, they’ll be more able to build healthy relationships and work better as a team in the future.
If you have a workforce that’s largely fragmented with little collaboration between departments, a sense of a true “team effort” can be elusive. However, allowing staff members to aid their co-workers on an interdepartment basis can both strengthen their working relationships and broaden their skills.
If you have a large project coming up in one of your departments, encourage your staff members to seek feedback and inspiration from their peers. If they need help or are having trouble overcoming a certain obstacle, allowing others to help out can be tremendously beneficial to your team. You might consider creating a system that allows your staff to help each other more often. For instance, you might encourage your account staff to provide A/B testing and feedback to your developers. They’ll work together and gain valuable team-building experience as a result.
On a day-to-day basis, your employees may not have large projects that require assistance from other team members. If this is the case, you can promote cohesive teamwork on small daily tasks. If you have a big event coming up or an advertising piece going out, you can bring members from each of your departments to assist with putting together mailers. These repetitive tasks will free up time for conversation and allow your staff to get to know one another on a more personal level.
Once you create a culture of generosity, you won’t have to create opportunities for your staff members to help each other. When they see one of their co-workers struggling with a workload or deadline, or if they’re undertaking a task that requires assistance, they’ll be more likely to offer help when it’s needed. This can be helpful for staff members under the pressure of big projects, or those who are faced with a backlog of small daily tasks.
Team building through generosity can have a variety of benefits for the company and its staff. As your employees continue to help one another, they’ll form deeper work relationships and will work better as a team overall. They’ll have a better understanding of what their co-workers accomplish on a daily basis, and will have a more intuitive understanding of the company as a result.
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