How To Build Team Morale
Whether your team is in a work environment, a family, or in the athletics field, knowing how to build and improve team morale is important for success. It’s amazing that all it takes is one person to bring the whole team down, just ONE! That one persons negativity and poor attitude can break a team apart and everyone will come spiraling down, down, down… Luckily there are ways to building good team morale and keep it up.
Ways To Build Morale
- Create a team goal. The major picture, the cherry on top, the main goal we want as a team is to…
- Have each team member create their OWN individual goals. What is it they want to bring to the team, or what do they feel they need to work on and strengthen, etc…
- Make certain times of the day FUN. ‘Okay everyone, I noticed you’ve been working really hard and now it’s time to high-five, eat a snack and stretch our legs.’ (I know, weird example, but you get the picture!) SHAKE THINGS UP!
- Resolve any conflict right away with NO blame! They each get a turn to speak and plead their case and then you come up with a compromise. After a compromise is made you thank them each for resolving it in a respectful way.
- Give compliments! who doesn’t like compliments, I mean come on! I coach 8-9yr old boys in soccer and every time one of them takes a hard shot on goal I shout out ‘NICE KICK’ and I can see them beaming with happiness… sometimes I even try to sound like I have a New York accent because I know it’ll make them smile and laugh, HA!
- Surprise the team with gift cards, treats, flowers, nice old fashioned cards to let them know you appreciate them.
- And last but not least, LEAD BY EXAMPLE! You can’t ask others to do things that you’re not willing to do yourself. Plus we all know ‘actions speak louder than words.
I hope this helps give you ideas on how to build and maintain team morale no matter where you are and no matter what type of team you have. It’s all about attitude… the right attitude will lead you and your team to success.
Take care readers!
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