It takes a team to win a game.
When you watch a football match, regardless of the genius of the players, it takes the team effort to win a game.
As it is true for football, so it is for business.
A team means a group of people who share a common purpose and work together to achieve it.
Take a look at your employees, go on, take a look, do you see a team or just a bunch of individuals who work in the same place?
To grow and succeed as a small business, you need a team. To get that team you need to build them from the ground up.
Building a team can be a very difficult process. It takes time and effort that many small business owners cannot afford to give.
But the truth is those business owners that invest time and effort to build teams often reap more value from their employees. And the many that don’t lack a team that they can rely on to grow the business.
At best, they would have a few individual players and an overdependence on the owner.
There are a few reasons teaming building is important in a small business,
1. Team building builds the productivity of your employees
2. It makes it easier for your employees to communicate
3. It spurs innovation and creativity among employees
4. It creates a healthy work environment.
Tips for Building a Small Business Team
When people think of team building, they think it’s limited to team building activities. But team building is not an annual event, it requires continuous effort.
Here are a few tips that would help you through the process:
1. Start with What You Need
The first step to building a team is to identify the current needs of your team.
You should identify the skills and strength of your team as well as the gaps you need to fill to grow your business.
Study how well your employees communicate and work with each other to determine their areas of strength and weakness.
2. Employ Only People that fit Your Culture
Company culture is not something that can be explained in a handbook. It is the way you work and react to problems that have been formed over the years.
To maintain that culture, you must only employ candidates that fit into your culture, this should be a priority over credentials.
To do this, you must first know what your culture is and use questions to determine if they are a good fit for your business.
3. Define Roles and Expectations
As we recommended when we wrote about hiring the right people for your business, you must define the roles and responsibilities of every employee from the onset.
This helps to build accountability and define how the employee fits into your vision and can help achieve your goals.
4. Celebrate Employee Milestones
There are important milestones that are important to the employee personally and as a part of your team.
It is important to set aside time to celebrate those moments no matter how small.
From offering simple compliments for a job well done, to celebrating their birthdays and other milestones, you are communicating to your employees that you value them.
Such efforts foster a personal bond between the employee and the business as well as other employees.
That is essential to spur creativity and boost the value employees contribute to the business.
5. Train Employees
A good team is always improving, this is why footballers practice.
For your employees to improve with the requirements of the business today and in the future, it is important that they’re improving their skills.
Hold seminars, sponsor or encourage them to take courses in their relevant fields. This way, they have what it takes to grow your business.
6. Expect Issues That May Arise
There would always be disagreement and problems between employees.
It cannot be avoided; it can only be managed. The Best way to get in front of such issues is to expect and manage them early.
Create an environment where employees are comfortable to trust that their problems would be handled fairly.
This would make it easier for you to detect problems before they fester and create a toxic gap between employees.
7. Schedule Team Building Activities
Once in a while organize a fun social event for your employees.
You must make it an outdoor event to allow them the opportunity to interact outside the work environment.
It helps if you organize games that foster unity and builds relationships among them across departments.
Schedule a session with us today to learn tips and more ways to grow your small business.