• Team chemistry

    The chemistry of Teamwork is changing in a COVID world: how will you keep the right reactions?

     

    As people return to or continue working in socially distant ways, with many remaining in remote working mode, we are seeing that the nature of interactions within teams is changing.

     

    Typically, there is now less casual ‘chit chat’. Gauging the mood of team colleagues isn’t so easy with only a Zoom window to provide the clues and cues.

     

    The normal levels of personal support offered to each other is diminishing – conversations frequently skipping over “How are you really doing?” to get onto the agenda item that the call was set up for.

    For many that sense of achieving things together has been replaced by a focus on the individual: coping with their own personal situation, ensuring that they are being seen to contribute, somewhat lost on what priorities are the most important.

     

    As a leader of a team there are some steps you can take to keep your team developing:

     

    • Ensure that you prioritise time for members of the team to problem solve together – accept that it might take a bit more time but working together will pay dividends

     

    • Keep providing feedback on the impact of your team’s work – make sure that they know their work contributes to a bigger purpose

     

    • Look for the team members who can be mentors for others – encourage them to meet together to maintain a sense of development and learning, not just short-term tasks being achieved

     

    • Use the Motivation and Morale graph (M&M) to track how the team is doing, shared amongst the whole team

     

    • Ensure you identify what causes the highs and lows and plan to do more and address issues together

     

    Being an inclusive leader as you pay attention to these points will help keep the interactions between team members alive and useful.

     

    You may need to challenge yourself to focus on these areas – as an individual you also have some of the same concerns and being a leader doesn’t just automatically keep you fully motivated and feeling part of a supportive team. Paying attention to your own motivation and morale is essential in enabling you to provide great leadership for your teams.

    22nd September 2020 Leadership Team Building
  • Managing Mental Well-Being

    Therapeutic Support: Proactively taking care of mental well-being

     

    Currently many people are experiencing difficulties in maintaining their normal levels of engagement and productivity as they balance home working and the dilemmas associated with returning to the office environment.

     

    In our coaching practice we have noted that for some individuals an additional focus on maintaining mental well-being has helped to navigate these issues.

     

    For some it is about dealing with anxiety; for others it is time management, prioritisation and stress. Some leaders struggle to get the balance of their communication to their teams just right, and for individuals a feeling of isolation or being alone in dealing with their day to day activities causes most concern.

     

    Mental well-being should be a priority on all company’s agendas right now and employees need to be assured that there is support available even in the remote environment. To help provide this support, we now offer specific Therapeutic Support to help teams discuss any issues and find productive solutions going forward. With an emphasis on mental well-being, our therapist-trained coaches offer two 40 minute sessions per month, for either a three month period or for six months. This provides a good amount of contact time to discuss the issues and to work towards implementing solutions that have proven to help.

     

    We have tried to keep the contracting very simple to implement, using a subscription style plan. For each employee who uses the service there is a straightforward cost for a 3 month engagement for £510, or a 6 month option for £980. The employee can use 2 sessions per month, each lasting 40-45 minutes, arranged at a time that suits their schedule. All discussions are confidential between the therapist coach and the individual.

     

    If your staff could benefit from proactively managing their mental well-being then please contact Joan Box to arrange a short introductory discussion and to organise a schedule.

     

    joan@insideconsulting.co.uk

    or contact Alan Box on +44 (0) 7887643901 for more information

    8th September 2020 Uncategorised