Saturday, October 16, 2010

Building Team Morale - 8 Tips to Gear Up for Success

A drop in the confidence quotient of the members of a team can prove to be costly, since it can largely affect the team's performance and productivity. Only if heads are held high can there be expectations, and expectations escort a man to victory.

Building team morale is of primary importance, and here's what you can do to make sure your team doesn't get bogged down by pressure.

1. Divide work appropriately. Be certain of every member's capabilities, and assign work suitably. It calls for detailed understanding of their potential.

2. Trust your members with the work you give them. Have faith in their capabilities, and treat them the way you would like to be treated.

3. A team that eats together always look forward to working together. Book a pool-side table in the best restaurant in town, and watch your team mates bonding over pasta.

4. When you feel blue, please put those brains and muscles to rest. Your project is likely to go off-track at some point of time, which is quite normal a thing to happen. Meet off-site, relax and talk it out with your team mates. Arrive at a conclusion, as to what you can do to bring your project back on track.

5. Make it clear to your members that achieving their personal goals at work will be possible only if they perform to the best of their abilities.

6. Ask them to look for the light at the end of the tunnel. Everything is part of the learning process, and the misery is only for the time being.

7. Appreciate, and acknowledge their work, even the tiniest success. This helps them realize success better, and can boost up their morale.

8. Train them and accentuate their skills prior to the commencement of the project. Untrained skills cause more trouble than you can imagine. Get the help of a trainer if required.

Remember, when you are paid for a job, results are expected out of you. You wouldn't have been hired for the job if they found you incapable of performing, which undoubtedly means you have it in you. Buck up, and go get them all.

Most importantly, ask what your team would rather do for team building activities to boost morale, you'd be surprised how simple some of their wishes are. Sometimes, corporate want to look too professional and try too hard at coming up with activities.

By : Takuya_Hikichi

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