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Boost your team?s morale

A word of appreciation or two, or a light pat on the back, can do wonders to boost the morale of a team, says Nidhi Sinha

india Updated: Jan 21, 2004 16:18 IST

A word of appreciation or two, or a light pat on the back, can do wonders to boost the morale of a team.

A group of individuals having the same focus and goals make a perfect team. Every person in a team has some unique talents. Exploring these talents require a lot of encouragement. In fact, every team has the potential to achieve marvellous results, provided the talents of its members are utilised fully. The role of each member should be outlined depending on individual talent and knowledge.

Focussing on individual attention is crucial to keep the team functioning. No one in the team should be made to feel inferior. In fact, the leader should never ignore or sideline a team member. Individual and focussed attention can be possible only when the size of the team is small.

Says Ashish Chatterjee, Senior Client Servicing Executive, United Advertisers, "Small teams have better team spirits, and their members have greater zeal to work. This is because of the fact that in a small team, people get more attention and the sense of bonding is better nurtured." The onus of making everyone feel important lies as much on the team leader as on the teammates.

Watch out for those members of your team who feel left out. Interact with them personally and try to sort out any trouble that may be brewing within the group. Say a word of appreciation or two, or give a light pat on the back of your employee to recognise his contribution or achievements, however small they may be.

However, all said and done, it’s also never true that large groups fall out, or can’t deliver or are difficult to deal with. With a bit of effort, tact and understanding, larger teams can also be handled well.

Positive thinking and creating an environment for it are two most crucial things that a team leader must keep in mind. Positive thinking can motivate a team and help bring out the best in the employees. It can also remove all ill feelings within the group. This definitely enhances a team's performances. Team leaders or supervisors should not merely expect results from their subordinates. They must themselves set standards in order to become models worth emulating.

Hence, the moral of the story is to be assertive and not aggressive. Nothing can be achieved forcibly. A tense mind is hardly constructive. Encourage every member to exploit his or her imagination and talent to the best.

The art of open communication is also vital for boosting the morale of the team. Let everyone believe in the fact that they all belong to the same team and share the same goal. Listen to what others have to say because feedbacks help in identifying a team's strengths and weaknesses. And if possible, try to arrange small get-togethers to recharge everyone's energy. Sometimes even office interiors can boost team sprit.

First Published: Jan 21, 2004 15:47 IST