Hold Effective Meetings
Teambuilding exercises outside of the office also can be a great way to motivate a group; however, these events can have the opposite effect if theyre not managed correctly.
If events are too serious or difficult, people may find them draining, while ones with no clear connection to situations at the office may be viewed as a waste of time. Off-sites should be scheduled during slower periods so people arent constantly checking their Blackberries and cell phones to keep up with work.
Set The Example
Finally, remember, as a leader, you set the tone for any group. If you complain openly about how difficult it is to accomplish objectives when forced to rely on others in the company, youre effectively telling employees that teamwork is more harmful than helpful make sure your words and actions encourage effective collaboration.
Teambuilding goes beyond just planning a special outdoor activity or assigning a group of people to solve a business problem, it takes long-term strategy and refinement.
Even in the best of groups, problems can arise and changes in motivational strategy may need to be made. For instance, removing a team member whos damaging morale often can spark renewed energy among remaining participants.
If you periodically re-evaluate whats working and what isnt and make appropriate adjustments, youll help sustain a groups motivation over time and generate the best possible results.
Katherine Spencer Lee is executive director of Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals for initiatives ranging from e-business development and multi-platform systems integration to network engineering and technical support. Robert Half Technology has more than 100 locations in the North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at www.rht.com.