In order for a business to function, everyone has to be working together. Childish office rivalries and coworkers who refuse to be on the same project aren’t just frustrating for everyone involved, but they also distract from getting the job done. As the boss, it’s your job to make sure everyone learns how to work together and, if they refuse, it’ll be up to you to make the hard decisions for the good of the company.
Team Conflict is Natural but Not Necessary.
Part of seeing the same people everyday for the rest of your working life includes conflict. People have different personalities, perspectives, politics. This inevitably brings some tension and friction to relationships. But while some conflict is going to happen, that doesn’t mean it should be tolerated. Resolving differences in the early stages means preventing all-out office wars. And ignoring problems can lead to power cliches and bullying in the office. If you don’t want to be dealing with a bunch of 30-year-old junior high students, you’ll need to fix this now.
Get Everyone Listening and Talking.
Communication is an important part of conflict resolution. Talk with your employees separate and together to build an understanding of why this conflict is even happening. The reasons for bickering may be petty and infantile, but they may also be legitimate and reasonable. In order to properly handle the situation, you’ll need to know which it is.
Participate in Team Building Activities.
There’s nothing like overcoming challenging obstacles to make your brain associate your team members as important allies for the future. Having a village of friends and family was necessary to human survival for thousands of years, and that wiring doesn’t just go away. Once tempers are cooler, having your employees work together and communicate in order to achieve a common goal can be a great way to prevent future problems.
At Esxoss Manways, we offer employers a unique opportunity to push their employees to become leaders, true listeners, and learn teamwork. In order to escape the room, your team must cooperate and take advantage of their different strengths. The adventure gives them a safe-place to learn to work together or to fail together. Either way, you’ll have a great analogy for your lecture on how their cooperation (or lack thereof) affects the office as a whole.
Your business needs a team you can rely on, and we’re here to help you test and build that team. Skills like divergent thinking, spontaneous leadership, and excellent communication just aren’t taught in school. You’ll need to teach your employees these skills the old fashioned way — through play. Book your team building event with Esxoss Manway today!