Looking after your staff can make the difference between providing good service and excellent. Of course, this will then be reflected in the success of your business. In general staff which are well looked after will be happy, better motivated and more productive.
There are several ways of moving your team from great to extraordinary.
1. Outside Activities
One of the best ways of building your team is to engage them in activities together outside of the workplace.
The idea is to find something that will interest the majority of your team but will also challenge them. For example, if you are looking for things to do in Seattle then you could try paddleboarding or a scavenger hunt.
In the process your team will need to work together, bonding with each other while building deeper relationships.
2. Support Your Team
If you want an extraordinary team you need to be prepared to support them at every step of the journey. Every one of your team members will have their own issues to deal with, personally and business related.
By providing an environment that encourages them to share and deal with their own issues will ensure they give the maximum effort while at work; and even out of work.
3. Give Responsibility
Everyone likes to feel that their contribution matters and makes a difference to the company. People often like being part of the process as long as they know that what the company understands their importance to the process.
You can give this to every member of your team by ensuring they know the responsibility which goes with their position and the accountability if things go wrong.
This will ensure they focus on the work but also take pride in it; ensuring they become part of the extraordinary team.
4. Make the Workplace Fun
It is impossible to spend all day laughing but this does not mean that the day cannot be fun! There are many small things that can make the workplace more interesting. These include ideas like casual Friday, colorful walls, boards for leaving notes, even a games area for playing pool and other activities.
Anything which will appeal to your staff will make them happier to be at work and ensure they provide the very best service they can, to you, your business and the customers.
5. Working Too The Same Goal
Finally it is essential that you are all working towards the same goal and that your staff knows what this is.
When your vision for the business is shared and then built on by each of your staff they will all feel like they are part of the goals of the company. They will work harder to achieve the right results as their own time, thoughts and efforts and achievements are linked to the success of the business.
This can be further incentivized by adding a financial reward based on the performance of the business; providing you are fair in your approach to sharing this.
With a little effort on your part you can turn your team from great to extraordinary and reap the benefits which go with it!
John Pearson is a serial entrepreneur and writer who is passionate about helping small businesses launch and grow. His work has been featured in Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, and Forbes.