Tips for Building Stronger Teams at Work

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 11.53.28 AMSo… building a strong team at work seems like a simple task right?

Common Goal…Like-minded people…Perseverance…Same work ethic…Respect

Well it is actually much harder these day based on the complexities of the workplace.  Reliance on technology, smaller workspace, freelance and remote workers, the changing generational make-up of the workforce, more ethnic and gender backgrounds, less respect in general.  It is no wonder many companies call on Mother, May I/MMI Consulting to help get them the right toolsto create a more collaborative, productive team at work.

Since this is January and our theme is “Building” rather than “Resolving” to building more productive workplace here are some measurable tips to become stronger in your work relationships!

 1. Communicate! Communication in any relationship is key, and how the communication is delivered can be equally as important.  Be sure your communication method best serves the message. For example, relaying sensitive information may be best served with a face to face encounter vs an email.

 2. Understanding the best mode of communication is important.  You may be sending a text to a person who doesn’t have text messaging capabilities.  It is perfectlyprofessional to ask the person you will be communicating with what is their preferred communication method.

 3. Companies are excepting the use of social media at work…some encourage it.  But beware, if you are wanting your employees to be your brand ambassadors talk about the appropriate ground rules of engagement and set some limits. 

 4. Be authentic!  Trust can be severed or questioned in a minute if you are not honest and upfront.  Most people want to know the truth even if you don’t think they can handle the truth. (Like A Few Good Men.)

5. Listen!  You have 2 ears and one mouth.  Try using them in that ratio.  Active listening, with eye contact and sincerity goes a long way to improving and building trusting relationships. It is a fact that an empathetic listener is more likely to be trusted and respected. “Being a poor listener is associated with poorer social and emotional sensitivity.” according to a study in Psychology Today.

Screen Shot 2016-01-26 at 11.57.44 AM So as January comes to a close chase the goal of making your workplace more productive and profitable through your most important asset…your team!

Lisa & Demetria

Co-founders Mother, May I