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Employee Chemistry - Don't Let It Fizzle Out!

Friday, November 30, 2012   By Mike Reddy

 



A business functions best when there is a cohesive team of dedicated individuals who value teamwork, innovation and good old-fashioned hard work. The breakdown of any one of these variables can cause insurmountable issues.

That's why it is crucial to nurture relationships and provide a culture that promotes collaboration and creativity.

Creating cohesion will improve team chemistry. Start with these simple steps:

  • Establish common goals
  • Clearly articulate those goals
  • Encourage constant communication
  • Build trust

These steps are merely the stepping-stones that will lead to cohesion. But they do provide the foundation to be built upon.

Establish team leaders who can assist in maintaining balance. Select a team member who gets along with everyone, who is respected but not feared and demonstrates leadership qualities.

Balancing flexibility with authority helps to build trust among team members.

Motivation and reward are consistently tried and true methods to improve team motivation. Reward fairly and without bias.

It is absolutely imperative to assess and resolve problems as soon as they arise. Don't allow problems to fester, or they may become unmanageable.

When adding a new hire to the team, consider the team culture. The addition of a personality that does not fit in can reduce morale, lower productivity and, in some cases, cause you to lose key team members.

If you are a multi-tiered organisation, don't neglect to evaluate relationships between management and employees.

This is one of the most important ingredients in creating a successful organisation.

The work that comes post-networking is where you generate the real results. Dedicate more time to the end results and you will realise the biggest payoffs that networking has to offer.

Manage your time effectively and ensure that you are turning connections into transactions.


Mike Reddy is a Chartered Accountant, business coach and advisor helping businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast to easily increase their profits and cash flow. He is currently President of the North Sydney Chamber of Commerce, a Regional Councillor for Sydney North East and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Sydney leadership team. As well as advising businesses, Mike presents business development seminars and webinars and is regularly contacted by the media to comment on small business matters. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.