Keeping the Team in Place

September 29, 2012

in Business

If you run a busy office, you know how hard it is to inspire teamwork among your employees. Sometimes, it takes extra effort on your part to keep your team together and working efficiently. With a few fresh ideas, you can bring your employees together and brighten your office.

decorative cubicle

Personalized Office Equipment

You can add a touch of style and individuality to the office by providing your employees with personalized office gear. Personalized mugs, for example, look nice on each employee’s desk. You can also buy personalized pens and mouse pads. These smalls items help each employee realize they are part of a larger team.

You can also purchase personalized apparel with your company logo or slogan. Custom apparel can include hats, shirts, pants and more. You can even allow your employees to occasionally wear the customized apparel instead of the usual work attire.

Freedom to Decorate

Allowing your workers to decorate their own cubicle or desk space helps them bring their individuality into the office. An employee who can put pictures of his children on his cubicle wall will feel more inspired to come to work and help the team out. You can also give your employees company decorations, such as posters, to include in their displays. Individualized displays help make the office stand out and look stylish.

Additionally, you can also give your employees the freedom to decorate some sections of the office. The break room is a great place to let your employees have fun with decorations without compromising the look of the rest of the office.

Highlight Teamwork

Highlighting past instances of teamwork can help encourage employees to work together more often. You can recognize teamwork by giving out a monthly award to the team. This award can be something as simple as a small certificate that each employee can place on their cubicle wall. Special recognition can inspire employees to keep working as part of a team.

Pictures

Hanging a few pictures of your team around the office can send a visual message regarding the importance of teamwork. Take new pictures every few months to add to the office wall. Don’t make these pictures too seriously. Instead, encourage your workers to show their funny side and be themselves.

Inspiring your workers to work together as a team can help your business succeed. If you want to see your employees work well together, take the time to cultivate a positive atmosphere that rewards team play.

Image Credit: ApartmentTherapy.com, “Cube Decorator: The Cubicle Makeover

Amanda Green is a guest writer who has written extensively on the subject of business and personal finance.

James Thompson November 4, 2012 at 2:26 am

I agree that pictures of team members up on the walls give employees a sense of “we.” Thanks for the tips. These are little things that can help.

Michael October 11, 2012 at 12:31 am

Hmmm….

If only my previous company have read your post and I won’t resign from the job.

Then again, if I am still working in the office, I might not be enjoying the success I am having today. Some time, a closed door doesn’t mean the end of the world.

I have learn from previous experience that teamwork is VERY important in building a business. Although I knew that long time ago but experiencing it firsthand, that’s something else.

Thanks for the reminder and will always keep that in mind while working with my team.

Cheers…

micheael steyn October 7, 2012 at 4:54 am

Team cohesiveness and the knowledge transition between the team is a must for a successful result

2lessons October 5, 2012 at 6:01 am

My belief is, if others are working in a team, a new member will continue to learn from the older team member. So keeping a good working environment is much more important

William T. Co October 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

I actually do believe that atmosphere can really inspire a person to do superb work, whatever that may be.

Joe S. October 2, 2012 at 1:21 am

Hey, it’s been a month. Where have you been? Glad to see another great post from this GREAT blog.

This is a great post. Although we don’t have an actual office, I allow my drivers to have freedoms on their vans to customize them (Somewhat) to make it feel more comfortable to them. I have found things like this make for a better work environment. Thanks for the other tips, business is growing and we are looking into office space so the things mentioned in this post will come in handy.

Tia Peterson October 4, 2012 at 2:06 am

Hey Joe – Yes, things have been weird around here (this blog) but I’m officially back and there are of lot of new and better posts coming. I’m excited about t.

Cheers,
Tia

John October 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Yes a better environnement makes a great difference for the team AND for me as well…
I like having green plants, it’s good and makes me zen :-)

Zainil September 30, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Pictures indeed help a lot… I always feel that, instead of hanging some photo frames in the office, the employer could hang some snaps of his team mates.. This step would surely lead to high motivation of the team..

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