As a manager you have the power to change the culture of your organization, but the questions are how do you do it and what is the best way? From past experiences we can suggest some simple steps below will set you in the right direction to creating a more balanced, coherent and happy team.
GAIN THE TRUST OF YOUR TEAM
If you don’t have the trust of your team they will be hesitant to follow you and have doubts regarding the outcome. Explain the reason behind your shift or change in the culture and the benefits to them to be involved. Gain the trust also to dilute the barriers towards your next step and step two will flow smoothly with a better outcome.
UNITE YOUR TEAM IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT
This is an important step towards really uniting the team. Moving away from the work environment and targeting a fun and engaging event is key to breaking down any barriers and triggering better relationships between your team. An event that sparks open discussion, laughter and fun team challenges is an easy way to do this. This can also go a little deeper and include team building events that require roll delegation, trust, team decision making or even leadership. However be weary if your team haven’t done a team building event before we suggest making the first based around fun to set them up for the second with more focused team building elements. We find in many occasions that larger companies have done so many team building events that those two words “TEAM BUILDING” trigger the thoughts of boring, waste of time, tedious and delegates are already disengaged before the event starts. So in this case you need to win them back over and once again gain that trust by ensuring this event is 90% fun. This will reinstate their faith in the “Team Building” words and look forward to the next one.
CHALLENGE YOUR TEAM
Plan an event that will challenge them not only individually but as a team! Your team now have your following and ready to go deeper and be challenged. Plan this event still with some fun elements but include key culture challenging elements like communication, trust, group decision making and delegation. This event could be an event in the work environment or at an external location or even outdoors.