So let me ask you this. Do you take your car for an oil change every 3-4 thousand miles? Get the tires rotated..change the spark plugs? You protect the lifespan of your investment by maintaining it’s crucial parts. Why then, would any organization invest so much in the interviewing process, reference checks, background checks and the training period by doing exactly nothing…. to keep their new found “investment” shiny, engaged, mentally fit, in tune?
Team-building can help organizations AND the individuals which make up those teams, hit a “re-set” button. Periodically it is so important to shake out the cob-webs and make sure the parts are all sound, AND that they are all working cohesively together. THIS is why it is so important to oil the hinges once in awhile. Develop your teams with ongoing programming in both industry related, and general topic matter. I recently ran across a well-run regional chain of banks in the Southeast, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that their CEO requests that as many employees as possible participate in a company-wide book club. On a regular basis, they read the same book, break up into many smaller teams and discuss the ramifications of what they have read. How can it relate to their every day lives at home and at work? Imagine that, book-stores are closing, fewer and fewer people are reading, and yet this CEO….of a successful company is making this stand. There must be a reason yes?
Tune up your team…It’s time.