A new year brings a renewed sense of motivation for organizations big and small. Though you’ll likely focus on your goals and revenue, don’t forget to add team building to your list of 2023 to-dos. The best leaders can bring their teams together in unique ways, finding strategies that serve each of their employees and encourage them to do their best work.
More than icebreakers and happy hours, there are plenty of integrative ways you can build a strong team from top to bottom. Here are our five favorite techniques.
Revisit your tech audit
The new year is the perfect time to check in with your systems. Chances are that a few workflows inside your business could use a little TLC. Conducting a tech audit will provide insight into each of your team members’ responsibilities and how you can help them become more efficient and enjoy their work more.
If you have run tech audits in the past, revisit any changes you’ve made to assess progress. Make a list of what’s working and what isn’t so you can revamp any outdated solutions. It also helps to connect with your team members individually to see which aspects of your tech could improve.
Work on delegating better
Let’s face it—you’ve worked hard to build an incredible business, and sometimes, it’s tough to let go of the reins. But if you’re looking to bring your team together, don’t underestimate the power of delegation. Great leaders trust their team members and delegate according to their skills and passions.
Proper delegation will empower your employees and ensure they play an integral role in the success of your organization. This also means ensuring your team has the resources they need to succeed independently, whether it be new software or additional time to spend out of the office and focus on their mental health. No micro-managers, please!
Practice inclusivity across the board
An inclusive environment ensures everyone on your team feels welcome at the table. You want your employees to feel comfortable voicing their opinions, as they know you’ll work to see where they’re coming from and how you can improve.
Remember to practice inclusivity in your hiring process as well. Be mindful of the language you use for job descriptions and review it to ensure no unintentional discrimination would make candidates question your business’s values. Then, once you have your job ready, post it far and wide! The more you diversify your search, the more candidates you’ll receive.
Start doing regular check-ins
One of the best ways to build a strong team is by implementing regular check-ins with each team member. Pencil in time on your calendar to sit down with your employees, asking them about their specific roles and how they think your organization can improve. Gauging the pulse of your team will help you get ahead of the curve and resolve issues before they become significant problems.
Encourage your team members to check in with one another as well. All employees should feel comfortable around one another, even if their CEO isn’t around. Make time for your team members to get to know each other and remind them that feedback is always welcome in your workspace.
Invest in your team’s education
If you want to cultivate a healthy, engaged team, it’s important to invest in them. Continuous education will keep employees inspired and tuned into the industry while providing them with the tools needed to serve your clients better. Consider recommending books or courses that all your team members can dive into and reviewing them together to spark new conversations.
The strongest teams aren’t afraid to speak about what’s going well and what could use some extra attention. So, work on developing an open, honest, and accepting environment, and your team members will have an easier time offering their suggestions. Be intentional about how you run your business in 2023, and you’re sure to grow faster than ever!