Make the Most of Teamwork
2-4-6-8 Who do we appreciate? Ahh, the power of a cheering squad and a connected team. It makes the difference in school sports, and it makes the difference in the workforce. From small projects to long-term projects, precision manufacturing depends on a positive, energized team culture. Here are four basic steps for building that kind of power and boosting your bottom line. Build the right team Every time you hire, take the time to hire right.
- Define the individual roles, including the must-have as well as the ideal skills for each role.
- Look at specific hard skills, but don’t neglect soft skills, such as problem-solving, clear thinking, emotional intelligence, and team attitude.
- Choose communicators – we can’t stress this one enough. The ability to share and receive pertinent information with clarity and understanding can make the difference between good enough and great results. Being able to give and accept both negative and positive feedback doesn’t hurt either.
- Choose players who respect diversity and appreciate different working styles and methodology. Capitalize on these differences.
- Train new employees, provide mentors, conduct regular workshops when appropriate.
- If game plan changes are necessary, ensure that everyone receives accurate, timely information and instruction.
- Keep a level playing field – don’t make excuses for or overlook infractions based on position, or anything else.
- Explain the bigger picture.When employees know their work matters and how it makes a difference, they tend to work harder.
- Keep an open door – encourage employee input and respond promptly to their concerns and suggestions.
- Provide opportunities for continued learning and growth – and give positive reinforcement to those who choose to accept them.
- Create friendly competitions as well as programs that reward initiative, personal responsibility, and excellence.
- Foster respect between all parties.
- Encourage and allow employees to take ownership of their roles and responsibilities.
- Offer praise and appreciation to your employees. Be real. Be sincere. Say it like you mean it.
- Give public acknowledgment and recognition – for exemplary work and consistent, committed effort.
- Show your appreciation in tangible ways, such as Friday lunch on the boss, an unexpected pizza break, pay bonuses, or an extra company holiday.