Do your employees feel they are part of the team?
Work is a team sport that relies on multiple people and groups coming together to achieve something, and when employees join an organization, they want to feel like they belong, like they are a part of something, and like they are around peers. They want to feel like they are a part of a team where they are in this with others and where they know they can rely on others to have their back, and when this happens, they trust the organization and their coworkers more, which leads to more communication and collaboration.
On the other hand, employees who don’t feel like they’re part of a team will be more reserved, conservative, and less inclined to share their ideas, to think outside the proverbial box, or to go above and beyond expectations to help others.
Here are three ways you can make your employees feel part of the team.
1. Provide each new employee with appropriate training and orientation.
New employees should be given a proper orientation to the job, the workplace and the company’s policies and procedures. Make sure they have a clear understanding of who they report to, who is allowed to give them work assignments and that the lines of communication are clear.
2. Recognize employees for their accomplishments.
Make sure to share with them in any accolades and positive feedback when they contributed to a successful group project.
3. Keep employees up-to-date and in the loop.
Make a concerted effort to keep all your employees in the know about important workplace matters. If staff meetings are minuted, make sure everyone has access to them. If you have a workplace newsletter or do regular e-blasts, send those communications to your staff as well.