As a business owner or team leader, one of your most important responsibilities is creating a positive workplace culture that fosters productivity, creativity, and teamwork. But how do you do that effectively? It’s simple…
Just give a shit!
It’s important to make your team members feel special and valued. Take the time to listen to their needs and concerns, remember important milestones like birthdays and work anniversaries, and get to know them on a personal level. In doing so, you let your team know that you care about them, which creates a positive work environment that motivates and engages your team.
It's not just about making your team feel good - it's also about communicating effectively. We really like the DiSC personality profiles to understand our team in a way that allows us to communicate on their level, using language that they'll be responsive to.
Understanding your team on this level also allows you to mirror and match their communication style. This builds rapport and make them feel comfortable, which can lead to more productive conversations and stronger relationships.
However, be careful not to copy someone's communication style exactly, as this can come off as insincere or manipulative! Instead, use mirroring to create a comfortable environment that encourages open communication.
It's also important to check in with your team members regularly, even if there's no work-related agenda. By building personal relationships with your team members, you create a more cohesive team dynamic and make it easier to work together on projects.
Creating a culture of trust and respect within your team requires effort. This also means being honest and transparent about both successes and challenges of the business, involving your team members in problem-solving processes, and creating an environment where everyone feels valued and heard.
Giving a shit about your team really is a vital aspect of running a successful business. By implementing these strategies, you can create a positive work environment that fosters productivity, creativity, and teamwork!
Want to learn more? Listen to Episode 7 of the Get Savvy Podcast – Just Give A Shit!