Grow together: a team building checklist
TEAMS THAT WORK TOGETHER GROW TOGETHER. THAT'S WHAT WE LEARNED FROM OUR SURVEY OF 800 BUSINESSES, WHICH REVEALED THAT FAST-GROWING COMPANIES PLACE GREATER EMPHASIS ON TEAMWORK. FOLLOW THIS CHECKLIST TO TRY OUT THEIR TEAM BUILDING STRATEGIES.
Build lasting relationships
Fast-growing companies are 58 percent more likely than their no-growth peers to clearly define roles and responsibilities in teams. Getting everyone on the same page helps team members respect each other, support one another and, ultimately, work together more effectively. Strengthen ties by keeping core groups of people together as your company evolves.
Take teamwork on the road
Seventy-five percent of the fastest-growing companies give mobile devices to employees. No matter where they happen to be, teammates can stay in touch, share ideas and work together on projects from their smartphones and tablets. Next time you revamp your IT strategy, take a cue from your team by polling members about their favorite tools, services and features for connecting with others at work and beyond.
Feed your team
Seventy percent of fast-growing businesses never stop seeking new and better ways to produce, promote and deliver the company's value. Build a schedule for "feeding" your staff with market research and informing them about any changes on the horizon. Finding new and better ways to produce often means being the first to try emerging technology tools and services and providing them to teams.
Put innovation front and center
Eighty-two percent of fast-growing businesses say that innovation is a core company value essential to their teams. Encourage creativity and outside-the-box thinking by making innovation one of your team goals. During performance reviews, express appreciation for employees' ideas and suggestions. Get your team into the spirit by holding innovation contests or setting aside official time for brainstorming.