When a team is experiencing adversity, unify them around common objectives and show their effort’s impact on the organization and the lives of others to revive their sense of purpose.
Find ways to remind your team of what they enjoy about their jobs and the value they add to others' lives. When people are inspired, they will look beyond themselves and work with passion to pursue the goals set before them, and both the individual and the organization will be better for it.
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During times of stress, intentionally building relationships and creating positive experiences within your team is vital.
Plan team-building activities, or even a simple happy hour. Incorporating fun activities into your team’s work-life will help them feel less overwhelmed by the stressors of the work environment.
Ensure your team knows through your actions and words that you have their backs.
Whether it's ensuring resources or acknowledgment for their efforts, standing up for your employees shows them that you are focused on their well-being and recognize their value. This builds loyalty and trust, and it certainly improves morale on your team and contributes to a more positive working environment, especially in periods of crisis.
The dominant culture of an organization can be stressful for your team, but as a leader, you can create a more positive subculture for your employees. A subculture forms when a group within a larger society has its own shared set of customs, attitudes, and values.
Cultural fit is a big component of happiness and should factor into all hiring decisions. A bad fit may bring down the whole group.
Even with tight deadlines and high demands, many workers have reported being happy with their jobs if they jive well with their coworkers. Cohesive teams tend to take challenges in stride and win together.
With clear goals, your team doesn't have to think about what their initial task was supposed to be. It gets them going and focus on the important task at hand, instead of doing it their way, which could lead them on the wrong track.
This also saves time, as they don’t have to redo work to fix mistakes, and gives your team members peace of mind knowing what they need to focus on and why.