Archive for November 25, 2014

Three Powerful Ways to Boost Team Morale!

When life gets busy and work gets hectic, it can be easy for you and your teammates to feel your morale start to slip – tempers can flare, motivation can plummet, and everyone can internally begin counting down the minutes (or seconds!) until the project is finally finished and they can head their separate ways. We’ve all been in situations like this, and not only are they stressful, they’re also counterproductive. Your team won’t reach its full potential if everyone is mentally checked out of finding success.

With that in mind, here are three important ways that you can help improve your team morale when things are at their craziest:

  1. Model the Way with a Positive Attitude – While many people thrive in high-pressure situations, very few people can claim to actually enjoy them. Stress might help your team accomplish its goal, but it’s obviously exhausting living in a high-stress environment for too long. The best way you can help is to personally commit to demonstrating a positive attitude for others. That doesn’t mean you have to gloss over the very real stress everyone is feeling – instead, it’s helping others to keep their struggle in perspective by reminding them of the big picture, celebrating successes of teammates, and not letting a stressful environment turn into a negative or hateful one. Your attitude has a huge impact on those around you, so take it upon yourself to “model the way” toward staying positive while also showing that you’re willing to work alongside them to get the job done.
  2. Prioritize the Time and Energy of Your Teammates – Remember that different people will have different tolerance levels for low-sleep, high-fatigue environments. Keep in touch with how those around you are feeling – are your teammates hungry? Tired? Checked out? Live behind their eyes for a moment to determine their needs, then do your best to provide the relief they need. At all moments, try to be one step ahead of your teammates to anticipate their needs and keep them from feeling wiped out (or worse).
  3. Take a Moment to Have Fun! – Even in the midst of a high-stress situation, it’s critical that you give them the opportunity to take a few deep breaths and blow off some steam, even if it means stepping away from work for a few minutes. During a recent TeamTRI event, a sound check for a general session turned into a massive karaoke party with other teammates filming the fun. Moments like these may not appear to be productive, but they help your group to feel a greater sense of cohesion and maybe even enjoy their stress a little bit.

Do you have any more awesome tips for helping to keep team morale high? Tweet them to us @TeamTRI and you may see yours retweeted!

Four Simple Ways to Tackle Communication Challenges with Teammates!

We’ve all had those moments of conflict when working with others. We feel ourselves getting frustrated, defensive, or even angry. But it doesn’t have to be that way! TeamTRI’s Chris Tuason suggests these easy tactics for dealing with teammate conflicts in a productive way instead of a petty one:

  1. Drill it down to “why” – Before you jump into an emotional response to a challenge with a teammate, first identify WHY the issue is occurring. Where was the breakdown in communication, and what is the important priority both parties have?
  2. Determine deeper issues – Sometimes our surface level conflicts with people can boil down to deeper challenges. Does your teammate feel like they aren’t being respected by other teammates? Are there personal conflicts at work? Try to dig beneath the surface to find the REAL reasons
  3. Find a solution that addresses all issues – Agree on a solution to the immediate challenge, but also work with your teammate for figuring out a strategy to avoid issues like this in the future, as well. Both parties will feel better knowing that there’s a plan for addressing concerns going forward.
  4. Make sure you follow the plan! – One conflict with a teammate can be a temporary hurdle, but making a plan for improvement and then failing to respect the plan can create even more frustration and anger about the situation. If you set a plan for the future, make sure that both parties are following it, and check in with each other periodically to see how it’s working.
The only real way to deal with a communication challenge is to communicate more – if both parties aren’t willing to do this, the situation will often deteriorate and continue to bog down team dynamics. Use your words, have compassion toward your teammate, and do your best to address solutions, and your team dynamics will continue to grow and improve!
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