Many people make a team. How you or management treat can determine whether the team is cohesive, excited, encouraging, and forward-thinking, or, in dissension, disheartening, reactionary, and critical.
So, how can you value your staff and/or volunteers? One simple step is simply saying 'Thank you'! But do not just say the words, follow up with action. You may choose to hold a monthly or bi-monthly morning tea, encouraging your team to engage with one another and build their working relationships and discuss the challenges and successes within their areas of volunteering or work.
I cannot emphasize enough how important communication is to value your team, whether paid or volunteer. Regular, open communication is vital to building an effective team that is cohesive, excited, and working well together.
Equip Your Team
Your team is unable to effectively engage in their roles if they are not equipped with resources and training. In many industries, "toolbox talks" are held where opportunities to bring up concerns, training requirements, and provide professional development are concentrated on.
If there are courses, and/or professional development opportunities available, ensure your team is aware of them and how they can participate.
Ensure when fresh staff or volunteers join your team, they are introduced to the whole team and welcomed.
Reward Your Team
Be available to encourage and reward your team. Something as simple as a morning tea or doing a team-building activity together. Saying thank you, giving certificates, or an acknowledgment of outstanding contributions.
Communication, equipping, and rewarding your team will encourage longevity, respect, cohesiveness, and unity.
How can you value your team today?