The more people employed by a company, the greater the potential for dissatisfaction within the office environment.
Employees are a basic necessity of a company. Some companies operate with only one person, but most companies have multiple employees. The more employees, the greater potential for conflict or dissatisfaction. As a leader in an office setting, it is important to know how to manage those relationships to help create an environment that fosters company success.
The busyness of the office often creates an environment where it is easy to overlook the needs of the team at a more personal level. Yes, team members are employees and they are expected to contribute to the efforts of the team; however, each person has a story and a life outside of the office.
What can leaders do to help team members build camaraderie while still accomplishing the tasks of work life? Suggestions follow to guide your efforts to build better team relationships:
- Select teambuilding activities. Routinely plan an activity to allow time for the team to step away from the day-to-day tasks and get to know one another more. A number of ice breakers are available on the internet to help you jump start your teambuilding initiatives.
- Share a meal. Regularly schedule times for the team to eat a meal together. Feel free to have everyone bring their own lunch to the office or you could go out to lunch together. Regardless of how you do it, be sure to spend time breaking bread together.
- Celebrate successes. The celebrations do not have to be extravagant, but eventful enough to let the team know you are aware of what they are doing and that you value them. Celebrate individual and team achievements. Observe personal occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and births. Seek to balance work and play within the office.