Building a Better Team - Tips
- Each time you have a turnover of staff,
keep the team concept in mind when you are filling the vacancy. Is this the time to perhaps change existing staff responsibilities before hiring someone new.
- Pay attention to staff morale, which is the same as
keeping your finger on the pulse of your staff.
- Train your staff how to give each other effective
feedback and constructive criticism by role modeling
with them on a daily basis. Also work on these skills in staff meetings.
- Encourage through your own example acceptance of others' accomplishments and mistakes.
- If you are working with a board of directors,
spend some training time with the board and staff by
working together on team-building skills. These sessions
will enable each group to learn more about the other.
- Stress the importance of confidentiality with parents and other staff.
- Plan a staff retreat so there is time away from the program for bonding with each other and learning what each person’s needs are related to motivation.
- Encourage staff to become part of the solution and not simply part of the problem.
- Bring in outside speakers who can work on team development and enhancement.
Is your team in need of a tune up?
Do you find team members not focusing on their common goals?
Have new staff been added recently, thus creating a new team?