Feel like a team, at the office and at home. Learn how to use meals, communication, and fun to set up the right environment for teamwork.
- Before a team can work well together, even if it's got the perfect mix of people, it needs one more thing which is to have the right physical environment where we can feel like a team. As well as having a shared vision, to be able to become a really good team, we need to sit together and ideally even eat together. And we need to meet regularly both in team meetings at work and ideally socially. So the physical environment is important.
Are there communal areas and times when people are allowed or encouraged to go there? Are there enough meetings but not too many? And are they well-run? Are there any fun things which make people talk to each other and get to know each other to open up and show the real them? This environment stuff is really the job of the boss to set up but any team member can suggest activities that will this to happen, like games, competitions, trips to places, celebrations of anything from birthdays and births of colleagues' babies to big orders received and projects being completed.
One place I visited recently has a thought of the day written up on a whiteboard and anyone who has a good one can write it up there. I told them I thought it was a great idea and they surprised me by asking if I'd like to write up today's thought and I felt really honored actually. By the way, I just put "Be yourself." That was the best I could come up with but I thought it was good. The thought of the day board is just a small thing but it's fun and it's yet another team communication activity. So the question is, can you encourage more of these environment things? Can you suggest to your team members or maybe to your boss that you meet every week, that you have meals together every now and then and that you work nearer to each other or anything else that will make your working area feel more fun and more teamy.
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