Team building has long been crucial for company success, especially for digital marketing agencies and small businesses.
However, managing your company team is no easy task, especially now that two of three people around the world work remotely once or more per week.
What it Takes to Build a Team
Thankfully, you can build strong teams within a diverse office environment—even if many of your workers are 100% remote. The tips below will get you started:
1. Set Ground Rules
As the leader of your business, it helps to give your company team a clear picture of your ground rules. Establish how you like to operate and set clear expectations you want your team members to meet.
Everyone’s ground rules differ according to the types of projects they focus on—as well as what their preferred work style is. Lead by example, and follow your own ground rules every day once they are in place. Your team will be far likelier to follow suit.
2. Establish a Culture of Communication
Team success hinges on communication. And communication should always be a two-way street. Using quality communication tools makes it easier to stay in touch and keep everyone in the loop.
Acknowledge and reward team and individual accomplishments, communicate positive changes and be proactive with feedback. Keep an open-door policy so team members can come to you with concerns— and never keep anything from your team.
Select a set of easy-to-use communication tools that work for everyone. There are hundreds to choose from. And make sure all the members of your team know how to use each tool well. Email, text, video chat, direct messaging and project management platforms are some of the many modern-day choices.
3. Delegate, But Work Toward Unified Goals
Set clear, unified goals so your entire team knows what they are working towards with each project. This process helps keep things moving forward and gives a natural point of reference to check progress against so you can adjust as needed.
After you have set goals in place, it is time to delegate tasks according to each team member’s strengths. If you are not sure about who excels in what position, you can use team building activities in a group meeting to familiarize yourself with your team’s strengths and weaknesses beforehand.
4. Provide Incentive
The goal setting mentioned above can function as part of an incentive program to encourage team success. Whenever your team accomplishes a goal, offer a group-wide incentive. These can include days off, bonuses and more flexible scheduling.
Additionally, rotating the type of incentive will help motivate all team members, as many have different preferences. Understand that everyone is different, and incentivize accordingly.
5. Give Team Members Autonomy
Providing autonomy shows your team members that you trust them. Give your team the opportunity to resolve disputes without intervention—and avoid micromanaging tasks whenever possible.
The more individual responsibility, authority and autonomy you can give your team members, the more you show that you believe in them. With this new sense of independence, it’s important to also encourage transparency at all levels so team members don’t feel excluded.
Embrace the Ongoing Process
Team building is an ongoing process that takes time and effort. The payoff, however, can be quite rewarding. Change your strategy as needed and stay flexible so you can meet the needs of everyone.
If your company is overloaded, team success can seem nearly impossible. To see how Marca Global can help lighten the burden, contact us today.