Team Building Skills
That is to say nowadays audiences can’t be just impressed with simple decorations of stages and lighting. Your investment will not be returned if the audience does not get engaged. This concept holds true when the workforce is engaged in the work with greater motivation.So, team building for fun is important while team development that supports people, performance and productivity is vital!
The big question is, to what extent is your workforce engaged? Workforces that have a higher percentage of employees who feel engaged with the vision and direction of the business will outperform those who feel disengaged. Standard Chartered Bank, is one business who are striding ahead in this arena, they use measures of engagement and have found that there is a strong correlation between performance and engagement.
Some studies show that less than 20% of staff are actively engaged at work, with over 40% actively disengaged, that leaves a big percentage of the workforce ready and waiting to be activated in the right way, so they are engaged to use their resources and deliver on the companies objectives.
One of the main issues for poor staff engagement is unskilled and poor managers. Managers are now said to be ‘very weak’, nor just ‘weak’, in a studies done in the UK and States, notes John Shenton of HR Evaluate. Weak and unskilled managers cost business £220bn through misunderstanding, poor communication, personality clashes and lack of leadership!
So how do you train your managers to ensure that they can engage, inspire and lead their teams? How do make sure the communication skills and strategies they use are effective across all levels?
One way to motivate your staff for the long term is to make use of a skilled facilitator and trainer, who specialises in soft skills, motivation and communication strategies. If team leaders can use language that really “speaks” to team members they are much more likely to engage them – an objective outsider can more easily highlight and develop constructive language and communication patterns with your workforce for everyone’s benefit. Over the last 10 years PJ Stevens, of LEAP, has worked with businesses, teams and leaders to help them create positive and engaging communication strategies, through conference presentations, seminars, development workshops and coaching sessions.
With conference presentations, you can reach hundreds of people with the same message with potentially huge impact. PJ has ‘a great stage presence and charisma, which is utterly infectious, you can’t help but get caught up in it’ said one satisfied company sales director. Givenchy were blown away when he presented at their last conference, but more importantly 9 months on the attendees are still using the Champion Behaviours from the conference speech. And one top UK agent says of PJ’s training and development, ‘We trust him with our best clients in the full knowledge that he will deliver results’.
‘If businesses are serious about building teams and being more successful a hands on approach will get the results you need’ note Emma Palfrey, Director of Penguins. She continues, ‘Running interactive workshops, including Ice-Breakers, Outstanding Teamwork, Leadership Development and Winning Relationships will give you the opportunity to explore the teams’ areas for development and skill them to take performance and productivity to the next level.’ To measure the improvement in key competencies such as communication, difference management, trust, motivation and leadership; An Even Better Place to Work website offers fabulous interactive measurements, activities and development tools.
If you want to engage with your most valuable resource – people – and have them fully engaged with their roles, goals and responsibilities then engage the services of a professional (external) facilitator, presenter and trainer and measure the positive results for yourself. As with any training, development and teambuilding, measurement, quantifiable results and return on investment is becoming more and more important.
PJ Stevens, is a motivational speaker, presenter and facilitator working across the UK, Europe and Middle East, specialising in soft skills, teambuilding and management development. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.leapplc.com