Team spirit is key to the effective functioning of an organisation. It is not just about employees feeling good and enjoying each others company, it is about knowing how to work together.
Most businesses are structured around teams. We need cooperation of each member and each team for the strategic goals to be realised.
So how do we create an environment that promotes this team spirit that is so essential to our success?
First up, look at the culture and values of the organisation. If there is honest and open communications that allow for positive interactions, team working is more likely to follow. This must start with the top and emanate throughout. Without this modelling, things can go sour very quickly.
Also, when hiring new recruits, make team-working one of your top priorities, no matter what the role. This means keeping a look out for skills like cooperation, collaboration and active listening and giving these proper weight in the scoring so that you have team players from the start.
If these skills are lacking in your existing employees, take steps to address them, be it through training, shadowing or mentoring and coaching. You will not regret the investment!