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Finding it hard to get your team working well together? Here are our top 5 tips to improve your team performance!

1. Create a good environment

  • Make it clear to the whole team that everyone in the workplace needs to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Team members can unintentionally create a negative environment with their actions. Observe how members communicate with each other ( tone of voice, language, body language etc.) and make sure you let them know.
  • Learn from Brian Halligan, CEO of Hubspot, who takes his business culture ideas from MadMen. Things like a “no vacation policy” vacation policy and an open door policy make Hubspot a great place to work.

2. Motivation is key!

  • Talk to your team and find out what makes them inspired. It’s often not about the money according to this McKinsey Quarterly piece on Motivating people: Getting beyond money
  • Boost motivation in a way that encourages your team to use their strengths and improve outcomes.
  • Sometimes it’s as easy as giving them recognition in a way their peers and co-workers can see and comment on.

3. Set goals

  • Set key priorities for the team. This is a way for you to lead them but also something for the team to strive for on their own.
  • When setting goals, make them attainable. If you have one big objective, break it down and set goals that can be attained in a shorter period of time rather than months from now. Achieving the smaller goals makes it easier for the team and gets them motivated to continue towards the overall goal.
  • Consider setting a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) — a major initiative to work toward. This should be in addition to your attainable goals so that there’s a sense of achievement and progress.
  • Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos shared with us that the underlying goal to all goals is happiness.

4. Give Praise

  • Employees like to know what they’re doing is right. Show them that you appreciate their work.
  • Give thanks to show you acknowledge their hard work. At Rypple we use fun badges when we give public recognition!
  • When people feel valued they’re more engaged and passionate about their work.
  • Dan Pink, author of Drive explains that, “The best plan is to pay people enough to take the problem of money off the table.”

5. Give Feedback

  • Employees always want to know how they’re doing. Provide continuous feedback to your team.
  • In a real-time world, people expect to  know how they’re doing and what they can do to improve. To accelerate learning, teams need an easy way to link feedback to actual goals and day-to-day work.

Put these tips into action, and the result will be a great company culture — and improved team performance. Happy employees will be far more productive at work.

Alanah Throop

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Alanah Throop is a student at the University of Toronto working towards a degree in Political Science and English. Alanah was previously a full time member of the Rypple Marketing team before returning to finish school last fall. Now, she is focusing on student life as well as a few part-time experiences including Rypple and a Children’s Program to help kids get the self-care skills they deserve.