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5 Ways to Build an Extraordinary Team Culture

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When your employees work together to achieve common goals, everyone wins — you, your business, and your customers.

Employee teams are one of the best ways to get things done in any business. When you take a group of independently talented people and create a team in which they can merge their talents, not only will a remarkable amount of energy and creativity be released, but their performance, loyalty, and engagement will also be greatly improved.

Here are five steps for building an extraordinary team culture:

1. Create a team-oriented organization

Make teamwork one of your core company values, and put a clear emphasis on self-managing teams that are empowered to make their own decisions. Don’t just talk about teamwork — show your employees the sincerity of your commitment by giving teams the authority to get their jobs done on their own terms while ensuring they accept responsibility for the results.

2. Assign serious team goals

Give your teams really important assignments and projects, not just the responsibility of planning for next summer’s annual company picnic. Bring teams in when you’re looking at new trends in the market or need to see things through new eyes. It’s important to mix it up and not have the same people making the same decisions all the time. Ask them to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom. This will help to keep your company fresh and ahead of the game.

3. Encourage informal teams

More work in organizations is accomplished through informal teams than formal ones. It’s therefore in your interest to encourage the proliferation of informal teams throughout your company, addressing any and all issues and opportunities that capture their interest. When your employees are able to tackle concerns themselves, without elevating every little decision to top management, you’ll have a much more efficient organization.

4. Cross-train employees

When employees understand how different areas of the company work, they are more apt to make decisions that benefit the company as a whole, rather than solely their own department or group. Give your employees the opportunity to learn about other people’s jobs. Some organizations go as far as switching employee roles on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. In this process, make sure you don’t forget your managers. Have top executives spend a few days working on the front lines with customers or directly with your product. They’ll have a new appreciation for what your regular employees go through on the job.

5. Provide team resources

No matter how talented a company’s individuals might be, teams cannot be successful without the proper resources. Teams need a designated and available place where they can regularly meet — nothing much can be achieved in an over-crowded lunchroom. In addition, all employees need to be given adequate time to devote to their team meetings, without grief from supervisors. You should also make sure to supply your teams with an appropriate budget if required, and the permission – with guidance – to spend it as they see best for the company.

If handling everyday minutiae like payroll is preventing you from working on your company culture and bringing your business to the next level, then turn to a professional employer organization (PEO) like Integrity Employee Leasing! We offer comprehensive PEO services to help you and your employees, from employee insurance and workers’ comp to payroll online services and HR administration. Explore our site to learn more, and contact a member of the Integrity team today for a free consultation! We look forward to working with you.