2019 is just around the corner, and each new year is the perfect opportunity to change something for the better. It doesn’t have to be huge. Just think of the Butterfly Effect – small changes can make a big difference to outcomes.
I’d like to suggest three things for you to consider for your team and colleagues.
Brighten Up the Winter with Recognition
If you’ve had a busy fall and didn’t get around to recognizing some of the great work around you, January is a great time to do it. Celebrate a team milestone with a group outing or offer a personalized thank you card with a gift certificate to a well-deserved employee. Everyone tends to spend less then and so it will be even more useful and appreciated.
Check out Goody Baskets for great personalized gifts.
Get Employees Together to Brainstorm and Share Ideas
There are so many ways to do this and they all help engage employees and improve your results.
- Implement this as a standing item at your team meetings: those seeking input can put their project on the agenda.
- Bring together a team starting a new project with people from a successfully completed project to share experiences and ideas.
- Get teams from different areas together to learn about one another’s work and identify how they can share information and help one another.
For more ideas, take a look at my piece on the Voice of Employees.
Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet. ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Improve Your Team Meetings
Depending on who you ask, meetings are either a colossal time waster or a necessary evil. With a little work, they can be truly useful – for you and your employees.
- Take a look at your standing agenda. Does some of it deserve to be pushed over?
- Is the purpose of your meeting clear? Is it just about updates? If so, ask yourself why – do people not read their emails or is there another reason? This may point to a problem better solved with a different tool than a meeting.
- Prioritize the top activities you’d like your team to accomplish when they are together. Could you instead build your meetings around those? For example, decision-making, mitigating risks, developing talent. There are lots more.
- Personalize an agenda to your team, preferably with the help of your employees. Aim for better, not perfection, and change it as you go.
Keep in mind:
- Listening is the most important thing you can do for your team.
- The structure of your meetings needs to be purpose built, taking into account the different participants.
Think of it like populism in politics – does the design of your meetings help you draw out the best individual contributions and constructive collaboration or do you simply hear from the loudest voices?
Check out my article on Building Collaborative Meetings for more information.