The famed Steve Jobs did not mince words when he said: “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” Considering he built the world’s first trillion-dollar company, those words should not be taken lightly.
Teams are the vehicles of visions: no vision can be achieved without the right team. Let’s look at some of the processes that should be done right to build a solid team.
Recruitment and Onboarding
You’ve probably heard the saying, “there’s nothing more expensive than a new hire.” How true. Don’t hire based on biases. Bring in an expert recruiter or a recruiting agency that can give you value for money. Spare no expense in tracking down and hiring the best in every department you have.
In this digital age, remote work has become an effective and cost-saving method of getting work done. Instead of having full-time employees who ramp up your overhead costs, opt for remote, freelance or contract workers. Many companies now use extended team model whenever they have extra workload or need specialized contractors.
Hiring competent employees is just the first step. Onboarding them well and getting them to understand your vision and culture is critical. You can find some onboarding strategies in this article.
Whether you are conscious of it or not, there’s an atmosphere and culture prevailing in every workplace. If yours is toxic, you wouldn’t need a soothsayer to know your business is at risk.
Your company culture is the glue that sticks your team together and you have to be intentional about cultivating it. A study by the famed job review platform Glassdoor uncovered three key things about company cultures:
- A workplace with a clear mission connecting employees’ daily work to a broader social purpose and positive change.
- High-quality senior leaders who are inspiring, empathetic and competent.
- A set of clearly-defined pathways for career advancement, making job roles a journey rather than a dead-end.
You can read more about examples of fantastic company cultures in this article from the Entrepreneur.
You can lay the groundwork by providing leadership and onboarding carefully, but without good communication, it can all crumble. The work environment can be full of suspicion, mistrust, and misunderstanding when there’s no communication.
A team that communicates is a team that encourages open and honest conversations. In such teams, there is clarity regarding each role and assignment. Managers are kind and frank to their workers while open to feedback, criticism, and suggestions. Brainstorming sessions and consensus-building sessions are critical to harmony-building in teams.
In this fast-paced digital era, an expert today can easily become an ignoramus tomorrow. People gravitate towards people and places that value them and create room for their growth. Your colleagues should never feel stifled and stagnant. There should be active mentorship, encouragement, and opportunities in your team. Prospective employees should look upon your company as a place where they can make progress and create genuine change.
Assuming you employ a new college grad who ends up spending three years with you. By the time he (or she) is done, he should be an expert in that field. John Maxwell puts it perfectly, “the point of leading is not to cross the finish line first; it’s to take people across the finish line with you.”
No vision, however big, can be achieved by one person. You’ll need a team of competent, motivated and innovative people who can carry that vision as a daily burden and deliver results. However, building a great team is not an easy venture. Listed above are areas that you should get right to build a successful team.