How To Fuel a High-Performing Team
Bonji Hot Takes Volume 22
Welcome back to another edition of Bonji Hot Takes! Happy Thursday, we hope your week is going well and you are excited for another fast-approaching weekend. We all want a team that performs at a consistently high level, but sometimes that can be difficult. In past newsletters/blogs, we discussed how to build a high-performing team, which takes some time and effort. Then, maintaining these strong teams involves much more strategy than you may initially realize. Thus, today we hope to provide some tips to help you keep that team at a top-tier level. If you want to learn more or look back at our previous tips, head over to our blog page! Aside from producing the best quality, gourmet açaí, coconut, and pitaya smoothie bowl bases, our blog has been ranked as a top 100 restaurant blog, feel free to check it out for yourself!
Maintaining a High-Performing Team: 1. Create an Appreciation-Focused Culture Motivating employees, especially those you consider to be involved with important tasks, can be a challenge. When you have employees excelling at everything they do, the reward is often more or more challenging work. If they are high-achievers, more work is usually what they are looking for and you should learn about their skills. Yes, there is room for monetary bonuses and other rewards; however, showing your appreciation for that work should be a regular piece of your interaction. Recognizing success is an extremely powerful tool for motivation, one that can be brushed off easily at times and is far more influential in the long run than a monetary bonus. Now, showing appreciation shouldn't only come from the top, but it should be engraved in your company's culture. Everyone should feel comfortable complimenting, or simply saying “good job” to anybody who deserves the recognition! 2. Get to Know Your Team Overall, you should really invest some time in bonding with your team. This doesn't mean discussing the business with them, but rather, getting to know them personally. Although not every employee is going to want to be friends outside of work, your high-performing team will appreciate talking about something other than what's going on in the company. In fact, when you begin bonding or talking about non-work related things like sports, music, and special events, people connect in more genuine manners. Not only is this great for the friendships created, but it brings the team together in a whole new, real way. It may seem silly, but the closer your team is (on a personal, non-business level), the better teamwork and execution you'll see. Lastly, having real friends, or at least a good relationship with your co-workers is an incredible feeling that not many workers tend to find. It's truly all about comfortability. 3. Authenticity is Necessary Rolling right from getting to know your team, don't fake those interactions! People are good at reading if you are being authentic or not, which can effect your team dramatically. High-performing teams are more likely to express both positive and negative emotions at work. It's important to discuss what's going right, but don't leave out what's going wrong just for the sake of trying to make friends. Authenticity goes a long way when building relationships, everyone can see through someone who is faking just to please others. Now, we aren't saying go ahead and bring in your personal problems, but don't be afraid to curse, complain (a little), or use some sarcasm, everybody feels it so express it! Studies have shown that if you choose to hold in those positive and negative emotions at work, it can take a major toll on your cognitive ability. Ultimately, suppressing those emotions is going to fog your thinking and halt your ability to move forward. Get comfortable around your team, and work together to find solutions to problems, while still having a good time!