December and January mark a time when many Calgary business owners sit back to examine how the previous year went. Did their business grow over the last 12 months? Is there reason to celebrate? Or did the poor Alberta economy hit hard and cause challenges? Do they need to reflect on how they can improve their success in 2018.
Is Communication a Two Way Street?
There’s an old idea that people don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses. This year, you may want to evaluate whether your employees feel free to communicate their needs. If you hear a lot of jokes around the office that may be implicitly suggesting your staff feels like their workload isn’t manageable, you may need to work on seeming approachable. You want your employees to be able to honestly communicate what they can do and what they can’t. Half-jokes about needing to finish a 50-hour project in one work day aren’t doing anyone any good. Team building activities that place you and your team on an even playing field may help you to build up some more rapport with each employee, so they feel they can be honest with you.
Who is a Leader?
Moving into the next year, you may want to step away from certain tasks to better focus your attention elsewhere. That may mean promoting someone on your team to take over the work you’re doing now. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few candidates, you may be well served by testing these employees outside of the office. Team building activities present a unique opportunity to see how your staff act and work away from their desk. Is one of your candidates visibly a negative force because they don’t like the change of pace, maybe they aren’t the best person to manage your business as it grows and adapts over the decades to come. Keep an eye out for directing and leadership vs arrogance and demands. A candidate who bosses everyone around without listening isn’t a manager — they’re a totalitarian dictator. On the reverse end, if a great worker-bee who you’re considering promoting can’t speak up or gather attention, they may not be the right option either.
Improving your business in the new year often means improving your team’s dynamic, renewing their pride in their job, and ensuring they feel comfortable communicating problems to you before they get out of hand. Team building activities, like escape rooms, are a great way to do all three at once. Contact Esxoss Manway today, and enjoy great discounts for Calgary businesses!