Team Building Activities For Work – Five Steps To Creating A Better Team Culture

Great business team cultures stand out. They are easy to spot as team members are happily engaged with customers and the goods and services that the business provides are first rate. The sad truth is that most business team cultures are not like this. Many workplaces have cultures that are hard for team members to understand which makes working in them very difficult. Changing a business team’s culture is challenging and takes time, and this article provides five steps for creating a better team culture.

Acknowledge the problem

The first step in fixing a problem is to acknowledge that you actually have a problem. Where the problem with your business is that the team culture is lacking, acknowledge that fact to yourself and your team then set about creating a better team culture.

Be committed

As the team leader, you must be committed to developing an alternative culture that meets the needs of team members and other stakeholders including customers. Leading from the front is essential as team members will look to you for guidance and inspiration, especially when the going gets tough as invariably it will during the journey of team culture development.

Identify gaps in your existing team culture

Identifying the gaps in your team’s culture is essential as you need to know what needs to be fixed in order to build a new culture. Gaps often appear in two key areas: interpersonal relationships; and communication. Interpersonal relationships, particularly between team members, are very important and the more effective those relationships are, the more scope there is for sharing information in order to deliver high quality outcomes. A free flowing communication system that drives relevant and timely information to where it is needed is the backbone of an excellent business team culture. Providing a stable and friendly work environment is an ideal foundation for encouraging sound relationships between team members and establishing robust internal and external communication links.

Construct a simple plan

An effective strategy is to construct a team building plan that includes an alternative team culture as a foundation for your business. Having a clearly laid out plan helps everyone involved to understand the goal of creating a better culture, and the contributions and actions required to achieve that goal.

Here are some suggestions for desirable attributes of a team’s culture. The team: knows where it’s going; is based on sound relationships between team members; delivers on promises; commands respect from stakeholders; shows respect to stakeholders especially team members; is easy to fit in with; is honest; has free flowing communication; encourages team members to speak up and raise issues of concern; has high expectations for the quality of goods and services it provides; and displays high standards of behaviour.

Implement changes

Gathering support from team members is crucial to implementing changes to build a better culture. In order to gain that support, people need to feel that the new culture will be a better alternative to the present culture. That’s why having a written plan, including the benefits, is a useful device for communicating details of the new culture to team members. You need to appeal to team members and win their hearts so as to activate their support.

Changing a team’s culture requires everyone to participate. Taking many small steps is often a good way to approach the project as it’s easier for people to make small improvements to their attitudes and behaviour rather than large leaps into the dark. It’s amazing the progress that can be made where all team members actively participate to build a better culture.

If you need help with team building activities for work, particularly in implementing changes to your team’s culture, then seek the services of an interested and competent culture change professional. It’s also important to monitor progress against the team building plan to ensure that you stay on track and achieve your goals.

Andrew Dunning

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