It is said that human resource is the most valuable resource that an organization might have, whether we talk about a business, nonprofit organizations or any other gathering of people who share a common goal. Then again, the term of “resource” is quite impersonal given that we talk about people, not objects or statistics. That’s why we came up for you with a couple of advices in order to create a stronger team. Here are five steps in order to have a healthier organization.
“I don’t pay high wages because I have a lot of money. I have a lot of money because I pay high wages.” – Robert Bosch
What makes the difference between small entrepreneurs and those who are truly successful is the way they envision their organization, the way they see and treat their people; people that understood that their people can rise or destroy their business, it all depends on the way they are treated. Therefore, let’s get down to business:
1. Names, not numbers.
One of the most essential things when it comes to a team is the individuality of each member. A lot of people avoid big corporations because there they are seen as numbers, as some IDs, not as real, human beings. Just by seeing the employee as a person rather than a “sales agent” will add value and stability within your team.
2. Money lies within the last positions when it comes to work motivational factors. On the first place, however, are the inter human relations.
Just as money represents one of the last reasons why people leave a team. In many cases, leaving or staying is dictated by the quality of human interaction. Do you know people who have a job that is not very satisfying from a financial perspective but choose to keep it because “at least the community is cool”? or people who gave up well paid jobs just because “people were insufferable”.
Community can raise or destroy a business, that’s why it’s so important to take care of each person from your team. To make sure that you keep the professional harmony as much as possible (100% will never be possible) and to make sure that people get what truly matters for them at the workplace. Because a wage is something that any job can offer.
Well, how can I improve communication and inter human relations within my organization? For this we move along to the next step.
3. Study leadership.
It is said that you are born with the ability of being a leader. Actually, there’s a constant debate regarding this subject. If we’re to take after mister John Maxwell’s thinking, the greatest leadership coach worldwide, he considers that yes, indeed, people are born with the talent of being leaders. The same way as some are born with an ear for music or with talent for sports. It’s just that talent is never enough, there’s the need for constant training. The same as John Maxwell defines leadership as being a verb rather than a noun. Being a leader implies action, movement.
We will talk about the power of the example at the next stage and here we’ll tackle the importance of studying leadership. Because leadership is a self-contained science that requires documentation and a lot, a lot of practice.
If you want to find out more about leadership but you don’t know what to begin with, we invite you to check out our section where we talk about leadership in more details.
4. The power of the example – be an example for your team.
People will always do what they see, not what they’re told. That’s why they will watch you and will act according to your actions. A very good question that you might ask yourself is “Would I follow myself? Would I tolerate myself as a boss?”. According to your answer at this question, I believe you can establish if and where there’s work to be done.
5. The need to belong to a social group.
The need to belong to a social group is one of the basic human needs. Actually, according to Maslow’s pyramid, the need of belonging is quite relevant. And the workplace represents, many times, a social group. In case you don’t have employees that work alone in night shifts or during weekends, they belong to a social group. But even that employee who can relate to the above scenario feels the need to belong to your team. That’s why it’s always indicated to try to integrate the team as much as possible, both through work related activities as well as outside of work ones. Regardless of the shape that the teambuilding activity will take, it’s essential to do it. Because people will always be productive the moment they feel pleased and they feel that they belong to a team.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea..” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This is the key towards a stronger team: by realizing the fact that you work with people who have thoughts and feelings. And through applying these steps, this mentality, surely your organization will be more positive and implicitly, more productive.
From the above mentioned steps, which one’s your favorite? We wait your answer in the comments’ section 🙂