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Team spirit is vital for the growth of your startup. A motivated team maximizes productivity and profitability. What’s more, a winning team helps you create fantastic work culture. However, it is not easy to cultivate team spirit.
J. Richard Hackman, Harvard University professor and a leading expert on teams says in his interview, “Most of the time team members don’t even agree on what the team is supposed to be doing.”
That being said, the question comes how you can make ‘that’s not my job’ attitude disappear from your startup.
In today’s post, I’m going to share with five proven ways to boost team spirit.
After reading this post, you will be able to make a successful plan to inspire your team to work in cohesion.
Without further ado, let’s dive in:
1- Have a Strategic Plan
It is very difficult to achieve anything without a strategic plan. Whether one is running a small business or coaching a football team, one needs to have a strategic plan to be successful.
A strategic plan includes where you are right now, what you want to achieve, and how you are going to achieve it.
How is a strategic plan helpful in building team spirit?
If your team knows where you are now and where you want to go, it will work toward achieving it. In the absence of a documented strategic plan, it will be like shooting in the dark and expecting to hit bullseyes.
Create a strategic plan if you haven’t done it yet. It will certainly boost team spirit in your startup.
2- Instill Collective Responsibility
You have created a strategic plan and shared it with your team. Now, it is time to instill collective responsibility. My friend, you should try to assign tasks to teams rather than assigning them individually.
Here is how I do it.
I run a content marketing firm. When I assign tasks to my remote team, I always give them collective responsibility. A project typically ropes in the editor, writers, and the outreach expert, and all of them work in a team. I don’t have to check with anybody individually. They cooperate with each other and deliver a project on time.
Collective responsibility is very important to build team spirit.
“The best top teams will begin to take collective responsibility and to develop the ability to maintain and improve their own effectiveness, creating a lasting performance edge,” says a report published by McKinsey.
3-Get Them Involved
The biggest mistake many startups make is to ignore their employees in a decision-making process. Of course, there are certain decisions that only you have to make. But, in a day-to-day office life, there come many occasions when you can get your employees involved.
If you involve your employees in a decision-making process, they will feel valued and take the ownership of the tasks you assign them.
Before taking any client on board, I discuss it with my editor, writers, and outreach expert. We take a collective decision. This has helped me a lot in my team building efforts.
To boost team spirit in your startup, you also need to celebrate success as mentioned here by John Crowley of Peoplehr,
“One of the best ways to validate and reinforce your team is to celebrate successes. At the end of each project or team endeavour, take the time to recognize and celebrate how teamwork has helped you reach your goal.”
It doesn’t mean you have to put aside a hefty budget to celebrate the success of your team. Team movie, team dinner, or team lunch can be good enough to uplift team spirit.
5-Organize Team Building Activities
Team building activities not only boost team spirit but also enhance productivity. You should periodically organize team-building activities in your organization.
Team building activities help your team members open up and communicate with each other, which eventually creates positive work environment. Also, team-building activities let you know the strength and weakness of your team members, allowing you to chalk out skill enhancement programs to boost their productivity.
Zombie Escape, Battle of the Airbands, A Shrinking Vessel, Back-to-Back Drawing, Office Trivia, Marshmallow Spaghetti Tower, Salt and Pepper, and Masterpiece Murals are the names of a few popular team-building activities.
Team spirit is the key to success in today’s highly competitive business environment. If you have a strategic plan, inculcate collective responsibility, get your employees engaged and celebrate success, you can certainly boost team spirit in your startup.
Do you want to suggest any other way to boost team spirit? Leave it in the comment section. I’d love to know about it.