We know how important team culture is to your company’s success. Though it is something intangible and cannot be measured, it influences how your team and your company functions and do business. With that said, what’s your team culture like? Is it moving your business in the right direction? Is it in line with your own values and vision? If it is indeed bringing your company closer to its goals, then there is one more thing left to do. You need to strengthen and improve it. Just like everything in business, nothing is perfect. There is always something that needs improvement. In this case, time to see how you can strengthen and improve your team culture and fast track your way to success.
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to building your team culture. Each team is different and building a team culture around yours depends on a lot of different factors. However, once you have one that is producing good results, you need to strengthen it. Why? Because over time, even a strong and positive culture can be slowly replaced with a less desirable one. And it does happen. Remember those companies that used to be good then over time became shadows of their former selves? There are a lot of factors that can cause this type of decline and team culture is one of them. Be consistent. Strengthen and improve what’s working for you.
Establish The Team’s Top Values
When things are going great, it does not mean you don’t need to talk with your team. Keep up the communication. In one of your sessions, discuss which values are more important than the others. Pick the top five and come to an agreement that you and the team will include them in everyday conversations. Don’t force them or it will become tiring very fast. If you value accountability, a quick reminder from time to time on who is accountable for what is enough. From meetings to casual conversations, reminding them, and yourself, of those values, can go a long way.
Trust is the foundation of any great team culture. When team members trust their leader and the leader trusts the team, only good things can happen. For one, it increases employee engagement and according to a survey, 71% of executives say that employee engagement is critical to a company’s success. How do you build trust? Just be transparent. Share the successes of the company, the team, and the team members to everyone. It’s a great way of boosting morale. If there is a big challenge that the company is facing, share it with the team. No one wants to be left in the dark. By sharing, you are sending the message that you are facing the challenge together as a team.