An unhappy team can have major impacts on many things. A lot of effort goes into creating a high functioning team, right from the get-go. It is vital to ensure there is the right mix of skills, experience and personality make up.
What happens when this team dissolves into unhappiness, filled with backbiting, arguing and become unproductive. It can spell disaster for the project.
There are a few reasons a team becomes an unhappy team. Luckily, there are fixes to get them back on track.
As the leader of a team, it is your job to guide, support and encourage. Sadly, many leaders are more like managers – bossing the team around, micromanaging and getting the way of progress. If you are just sitting back in your office expecting the team to do all the work and you get the glory, then your team is not going to respect you. A good leader is transparent, engages with the team, walks the walk, supports the team to grow and learn, listens to feedback and takes the time to keep the team up to date.
Your team works hard to get the job done and if no one ever says “thank you”, or “job well done”, chances are there will be discontent in the ranks. Team recognition is vital to the ongoing happiness of any workplace. But there is not one size fits all. If you know your team well, then make sure you have appropriate recognition for all personality types. Some people like a public pat on the back by being acknowledged at team meetings or company newsletters. Others like a monetary award like a gift card or voucher. Someone else might like time off, with an early mark on a Friday afternoon. Or perhaps being assigned a new project that they can oversee, taking into their leadership skills.
They say breeds contempt. If your team is reasonably new, it may be worth investing in a team building exercise like drumming with African Beat. We provide a drum for everyone, transforming your team into a fun, dynamic drumming orchestra. The overall experience of making music together showcases the importance of teamwork.
Most people enjoy learning new skills. Take the time to recognise ambition and the desire to learn and grow in your team. Invest in training programs that enhance your people’s skills so they can add more value to the team. Not investing in training – internal or external – leads to stagnation and stale thinking.
You have to keep things fresh to avoid having an unhappy team.
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