Business are currently looking to 2016 and planning their growth and development. Key to success will be having a winning team that is highly engaged, focused and that delivers.
As it is often noted, a business is nothing without its people and companies looking to accelerate growth shouldn’t overlook the importance of investing in their teams.
The key is to remember that a great team with an average plan will be far more successful than an average team with a great plan. A great team is one that shares a common goal, its members are engaged and work within an environment of support and trust. Employees who are engaged and feel supported are more likely to be loyal and motivated.
Behind every winning team is a strong and positive company culture which must be driven from the top down. Business leaders must create and instil – always leading by example – core company values by which the organisation operates. Core values should be clearly defined and communicated regularly so that team members live with them every day.
Research published by Deliotte earlier in the year shows that culture, engagement and employee retention are the most important issues facing business leaders with 87 percent of organisations citing culture and engagement as one of their top challenges.
Organisations that create a culture defined by meaningful work, deep employee engagement, job and organisational fit, and strong leadership are outperforming their peers and are likely to beat their competition in attracting and retaining top talent.
Google, which this year occupied the top spot for the sixth time in eight years in Fortune’s ‘Best Company to Work For’ , focuses heavily on culture and regularly measures dozens of factors to understand what makes people productive and happy. This research has helped to shape Google’s culture and their leaders explicitly attribute the company’s financial performance to its benevolent people practices.
In order to create their own winning team all companies should be striving to achieve a positive company culture and fully engaged employees. The reward will be a winning team that can propel your company forward in 2016 and for many years to come.
Here are five tips for building winning teams:
- Invest in development
- Celebrate achievements
- Learn from employee surveys
Rather than using annual surveys which employees often come to dread consider ‘pulse’ surveys which are much shorter and more frequent. After annual surveys a committee is often set up to create an action plan which takes time and often loses momentum. A better way is to make small, focused changes to one or two areas, and then track the success of these changes over time. Ensure that survey results are made transparent and that everyone is made aware of any ideas being implemented.
- Involve staff in process improvement
- Honesty is the best policy
By Stephen Archer, Director, Spring Partnerships