Do you sometimes find that you are having a hard time connecting with your team? In an increasingly digitized and disconnected world- getting team members plugged in and engaged can seem like an impossible task. In fact, in a recent study 7 out of 10 Millennials said they would rather text than make a phone call- emphasizing a lack of interest in a more personal connection. In the more hands off and heads down work environment of 2019, what can you do to get your team connected and working together?
Team collaboration and engagement may not seem crucial in an increasingly digital world — but disengagement has real and resounding consequences. In fact, accordingly to a State of the American Workplace Gallop report, only three out of 10 employees are fully engaged; five are “present” but not fully engaged, and two are actively disengaged. Disengagement can lead to lower profitability, lower productivity, higher turnover and more frequent absenteeism. In an environment where team members rely on each other for a successful outcome, this can have disastrous consequences.
Despite the dismal statistics, teams are not doomed to a lifecycle of disconnection and disengagement. In fact, Project Managers have the unique opportunity to turn this issue into a leadership opportunity, and to strengthen their management skills while helping their teammates grow. PDUs2Go recommends implementing these activities into your group’s calendar, to help foster more personal relationships and more team buy-in.
If you are having a hard time getting your teammates or employees engaged or connected at work, think about implementing some of these strategies that focus on bringing your employees together. Group activities don’t have to cost you or your organization money. It could be as simple as having coffee together outside on a nice afternoon, or taking time to specifically ask about the things that matter to your group (like their family or hobbies). Finding a way to increase group cohesion and a sense of teamwork can help you increase productivity and happiness within your team, making your job as a project manager both more successful and satisfying.