Team Building Tuesday


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Working with businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada, I often get asked how effective teams are created.  There is no easy answer.  Creating a team is complex and requires effort, dedication, strategy and willingness. Creating a team is serious business. And it’s important to your bottom line. When employees are unhappy, disengaged or just going through the motions: your business takes a hit and your consumers pay the price.  Not a goal of any business I know.

In her blog, “Laughter is the best medicine – and productivity booster”, Cathy Leibow discusses the research supporting having fun at work. There is a direct correlation between enjoying your work environment and creative, productive employees.  If those are behaviors you want from employees, I encourage you to consider creating opportunities that inspire those behaviors.  Check out some of the suggestions here:

Some additional ideas:

  1. Allow employees to have a few pictures of family/friends at their work station
  2. Have a potluck lunch once a month (I’ll bring the paper plates…you don’t want me to cook anything!)
  3. Share personal success stories through your internal communication system (ex. “Jen finished her first half marathon this weekend…could someone pick her up off the floor?!”)
  4. Post employee pictures (most employees do not even know what employees from other departments/areas look like, yet they talk on the phone to give/receive information almost daily)
  5. Sponsor a “Meet and Greet” night with one rule: No one is allowed to talk about work (you may have to get creative and have some activities prepared…feel free to contact me if you need some ideas)

Research has proven your employees productivity will increase when they feel more connected to your company.

  • What are you going to do to create a stronger team?
  • What opportunities do you have, with your current resources, to foster a team environment?

If you have additional ideas or suggestions, please share them!  I’d love to hear what people are doing that’s making a difference.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Jen Kuhn
Jennifer Kuhn is a talented, energetic and enthusiastic consultant, trainer and speaker. She has provided thousands of employees, coaches and executives with guidance while they work to enhance their professional skill development. Jen's approach has been hailed by participants who were initially skeptical or resistant. Her unique and non-threatening style wins over the most jaded employee that allows them to learn and grow within their organization.


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