Throughout our webinar series, we’ve been talking to our community to find out how you’re tackling HR challenges and discovering your opinions on the big culture questions. We’ve put together a list of some of the best HR tips from the responses we’ve received.
COVID-19 has continued to impact the way we work and will do so for some time to come. When the outbreak first began to impact teams, we wanted to know how your team culture was impacted.
Teams pulled together in the face of adversity and this had a positive impact on culture. However, transitions imposed on the workplace from COVID-19 didn’t mean smooth sailing. The graphic below shows that there were plenty of speed bumps along the way.
Communicating effectively was a pressure point for many, but clarification of messaging and checking in with team members helped remedy this. When we asked how teams would be returning to the workforce, or if they would, the results showed us that a distributed workforce may be here to stay.
If you’re working with a distributed workforce, or seeking to improve your culture, the best thing you can do is improve the communication methods you use with your team. This could mean investing in tech that allows you to check in with your team, or creating a manual process to ensure leaders are dedicating time to regularly speaking with their team.
Culture is important for creating a positive and healthy work environment where all team members feel willing and able to contribute. So how do you foster a positive culture for your team? We asked our HR practitioners and over half said with an open dialogue, and a further quarter said by checking-in regularly.
There’s no doubt that communication is the key to success, so how do you let your team know that you’re listening to them?
Communication isn’t a one way street and culture isn’t improved from the top down, it’s a collective effort. If you’re wanting innovation and quality work from your team, then you should trust that there is value in your team members’ opinion. Ask regularly for recommendations on how projects should be undertaken and request feedback from your team. Be sure to evaluate carefully and integrate points that will positively impact how your team works. This environment of trust and active listening creates value for your team members and in turn, helps foster a positive culture.
We asked what HR leaders looked for in a high-performing team and the results show that new ideas and innovation are key. Everyone has different ideas of what their dream team is, it’s not just about the talent involved, it’s also about managing work with culture.
If you’re looking to manage a high-performing team, you first have to envision what high performance looks like. Set short term and long term goals and evaluate how they’ll lead towards the future you envision for your team. Track your tangible outcomes and work with your team to continually improve, this is how you get the best out of your high-performing team.
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