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More perspectives drive innovation

Studies have shown that more diverse teams - in terms of race, gender and other factors - are more successful. The different perspectives increase innovation.

Teams just need one or two new faces to bring a fresh perspective. Team success isn't even dependent on the person bringing new knowledge. Explaining to a new person how you do things can force you to think consciously and give you a new perspective.

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Constantly changing team members

Hearing the term 'revolving door' in the workplace can mean constant staff turnover and signal something very wrong with how a company is managed.

Yet, a little bit of disruption can also be positive. New research shows that shaking up your team just the right amount or bringing new faces into an organisation can increase creativity.

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There's something counterintuitive about changing team members regularly.

Most companies desire stability, especially if the team is doing really well. But knowing the benefits, managers need to be aware of the potentially positive impact of new blood.

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The 'fresh face' effect

Researchers wanted to test the idea that new faces can make a huge impact. They used Doctor Who from the world of television. Doctor Who is a science-fiction programme where the Doctor solves crimes and saves planets. Doctor Who regenerates rather than dies. Thirteen lead actors have portrayed the character.

The researchers found that the teams with more new faces produced high-rated episodes. The fewer new faces the worse average ratings those episodes received in the study.

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Nostalgia may be a vital tool

Nostalgia can be defined as a longing for an experience of another time in your life. The workplace holds many memories - you may have bonded with a colleague over a funny incident in a client presentation or an outburst from your former boss.

The feelings may not be the same warm feeling as other nostalgic moments, but the underlying emotions are just as strong. Research found nostalgia can be a tool for comfort and inspiration and can draw people together in strong bonds.

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People will enjoy working with you

People want to work with people they like. Why wouldn’t you? We spend huge chunks of our hours at work, so you don’t want it to be a death march. Humour (smart delivered) is a great way to win friends and influence people. You need to be funny, but not judgemental (that’s not good for team building) and you can’t offend anyone.

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Companies need some form of cohesion

During the pandemic and the switch to working from home, companies need ways to keep their teams focused and maintain a sense of togetherness.

But in most cases, virtual team building feels more agonising than the real thing. It is also inherently flawed.

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