Build Teamwork in Six Steps
Whatever the requirement, you can't achieve the goals of your function or for your company without inspiring and reinforcing teamwork constantly.
In the case of Affinity Express, we have to keep more than nine hundred employees, who are scattered across several different offices in three continents, feeling like they are part of the same team and pulling in the same direction.
As our CEO Ken Swanson pointed out, building teamwork is no easy task. And it is one that never ends. Based on our experience, here are some ways you can improve teamwork in your environment.
Make it a Priority
A few years ago, we decided in our annual strategy meeting that building stronger teamwork was the number one company goal because it would facilitate all of our other objectives. To that end, we set up a Teamwork Award.
Every month, the Teamwork Award calls out one team, often a cross-country and/or cross-functional team, that worked together to achieve a significant goal. Nominations are invited from all employees (and judged by our Senior Business Team).
Create a Theme
To help employees focus on teamwork, it is a good idea to create a theme that resonates with people and makes the program fun (it can also drive contests and prizes). We were using Mastering the Rockefeller Habits to develop strategy and Verne Harnish encourages setting quarterly themes but we decided on a larger umbrella campaign around the popular sport of NASCAR rather than a short-term initiative.