Depending on the size of your company, you might find it challenging to bring your employees together and encourage them to share common goals. Each department has its own objectives, and, by nature, these groups instinctively associate mostly with one-another. Which is fine, except that the more integrated our teams are, the better it is for our business as a whole.
Why is that, again? For one: if we can recognize that we’re all working toward the same result, it’s a no-brainer that we’re going to achieve it much more quickly with much fewer roadblocks. Also, the more our teams interrelate, the more they can relate to others with different responsibilities. And, finally, togetherness is a breeding ground for communication—and we all know there’s never too much of that!
Sounds like a great concept, right? Except you really can’t force assimilation. But, you can facilitate it. How?
Well... one of the best examples we have at Baudville is when we give employees the opportunity to participate in philanthropic activities together. From building a Habitat for Humanity house to a KABOOM playground for underprivileged kids to our latest endeavor: a sensory trail at the Equest Center for Therapeutic riding, each project has created a rare and wholly organic kind of camaraderie.
Employees interact with co-workers they may have never talked with before and learn more about each other personally. Through these interactions, they also gain a better understanding of the different facets of the company’s operations. And, they form friendships and bonds through mutual experience and a powerful expression of goodwill.
Your moment of generosity will benefit you and well as those on the receiving end. So, why not give it a try?
• Mix it Up. If you need to form teams or create a seating plan for your project, don’t let it be a free-for-all. Be strategic in your placements by ensuring you have a selection from each department.
• Make it Personal. Choose a charity or non-profit to volunteer for that has a vision similar to your own or is close to the heart of your leadership or employees.
• But Not Too Personal! Unless you are already a religious or political organization, you should probably steer clear of any opportunities that involve potentially sensitive or controversial subjects. By keeping it neutral, everyone will feel comfortable participating.