The great Vince Lombardi was a big believer in the power of teamwork. Throughout a glittering career, Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers combined for eight championships while redefining the sport of football for generations to come. Lombardi staunchly believed the most powerful force in the world was a group of people working together to achieve a singular goal. Though black and white images of Lombardi belong to antiquity, his message is one that still rings true to this day.
“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
Whether it’s football, a small business or a large corporation, the people who make up the ‘team’ are the heart and soul of the operation. How you harness their skills, energy and knowledge is ultimately one of the biggest single factors in the future success of the enterprise. The good news is, there are plenty of creative ways to achieve this goal. Below, we provide some inspiration for creative ways to inspire your staff.
Lead by Example
As any leader can attest, the vibe and tone are set from the top. If you come to work excited and inspired, it’s likely to rub off on those around you. At all times you should be conscious of your mindset and the environment you’re setting with your own input. Check in with yourself every day and ensure you’re setting an example you’d like to see from those above you in the food chain.
Host a Team Building or Family Day
Your team aren’t just figures on a spreadsheet. They’re real humans with families and their own set of priorities. It’s important to treat them this way and acknowledge there’s more to life than work. Consider dedicating a day to hosting a fun team building activity such as treasure hunts, barbeques or a trip to a sporting event. Each year, invite members of your teams’ families to their place of work for a tour. Show them around, let them know how much you value their family member. Small gestures like this can go a long way to showing your people how important they are.
Prioritize Mental Health
It’s impossible to have a good day every day. When those bad days hit, it’s important your staff know you’re there for them and you’ll do anything within your power to help. This starts with regular one-on-one check-ins with your team members that don’t just focus on work but how they are feeling in general. Consider offering healthy snacks in the break room and encourage staff to take their full allocation of break time. Make sure to be generous with positive feedback when appropriate. It helps to create a sense of wellbeing and job satisfaction.
Modern staff, especially millennials, place great value on an agile working environment. This consists of a flexible schedule or the opportunity to work remotely from time to time. If your business can offer these perks, it’s something you should consider. As a creative way to inspire your staff, it’s been proven to increase productivity and job satisfaction.