“Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people.”
Steve Jobs once stressed the power of having a great team in an organization. But here's the thing - it's not just about having a team; it's about creating a culture where every team member can truly shine.
In this blog, we're going to dig into what really makes a team culture tick, how to spot the difference between a toxic one and a healthy one and share some down-to-earth tips for building a strong team culture in the post-COVID world.
According to Merriam-Webster, culture in an institution or organization is about the attitudes, values, goals, and practices that everyone shares. While we mainly associate culture with a country or a society, companies also need an established culture to connect people and establish shared goals and practices. This is called the team culture.
Team culture is like the vibe of a group. It's about the values, attitudes, beliefs, and actions that shape how a team works together. If the team's vibe is weak or toxic, it can bring down morale, make people leave, and hurt how well we perform.
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There are four reasons why team culture is essential in a company:
You can imagine having a solid team culture as the solid concrete pillars that support the roof. The roof in this simile is the company, while the concrete pillars establish a strong team culture. Five pillars support our roof:
It's crucial to notice when things get toxic. Picture the toxic culture like little cracks in a team's pillars. If a company can't fix these tiny cracks, even a small shake, like a disagreement, it can bring the whole roof down. Let's check out a few examples:
As we all know, the way teams work has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some major changes:
So far, we've covered why team culture matters, how to spot if a workplace is toxic or healthy, and ways to build a positive team vibe after COVID-19. Now, let's dive into four down-to-earth tips to make those foundations stronger in the post-pandemic world.
Coffee chats are awesome for getting to know your colleagues in a relaxed way. Check out our blog post "Connections Over Coffee: Understanding the Power of a Coffee Chat" for more on making the most of these chats.
Another cool way to build a strong team culture is through group activities. These could be anything from hanging out at social events to going on retreats. For some fun ideas, check out our blog post "Work Hard, Play Harder: Group Activities for Adults & Professionals."
Next up is giving a shout-out and celebrating victories, big or small. Recognizing and appreciating accomplishments not only lifts team spirits but also boosts motivation and job happiness. For more tips on showing your team some love, check out our blog post, "The Complete Guide to Employee Appreciation."
For a winning team, set clear and specific goals. It's vital to spell out the team's purpose, objectives, and key performance indicators to ensure everyone's on the same page.
Work is changing, and that's okay. Let's find ways to make work fit into our lives – whether it's flexible hours, working from anywhere, or choosing to be part-time or full-time from home.
Building a team culture in a company may seem like an easy task, but it requires more than just occasional meetings and checking in on your colleagues. Establishing a strong team culture involves various fundamental pillars that are essential for a secure and safe working environment, especially in this post-COVID world.
This blog covered the essentials of team culture and provided guidelines for building a strong one in our ever-evolving world. While there's no one-size-fits-all solution, companies need to be creative and have a clear vision to establish and maintain a healthy team culture.
Gaye is a Marketing and Content Intern at Litespace. She completed her bachelor's in sociology and later obtained a certificate in marketing. She's eager to combine her sociology knowledge and marketing to create compelling content for Litespace.