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Team Motivation is key to success

How to develop and train your team in 2020 and beyond

 

With more and more teams putting a bigger emphasis on remote working there is a danger that with the reduced human contact in the workplace there could be a detrimental effect on mentoring and leadership development in teams. This has to some extent been mitigated by increased video conferencing and digital team building activities, but you may have found your internal training and development of your team has deteriorated as you have spent more time on cash-generating activities for your business. 

Whilst you should prioritise your business’s ability to function above all else, ignoring training and development for too long can have big consequences. Your team may become stagnant, not questioning current or seeking out better methods of working and they may start to feel that the organisation has stopped investing in them as professionals and people.

This month’s article shows you how you can train your team digitally in 2020 and in the coming years. 

Encourage workers to seek out online courses and pay for them

With many companies going digital there are a lot more online courses available for employees. Seek these out, and encourage your employees to do so too. They can be a great way to increase technical knowledge and your employees in many cases will be able to learn at their own pace. 

 

Make time for digital training workshops

Digital training programmes are still out there and sometimes group participation can increase the overall effectiveness of the training for all workers involved. These digital training workshops can be conducted over conference calls and can be a great way for your team to meet up with a direct reason for the meeting. 

 

Book in time for employees to attend digital conferences

One great way to increase training and networking opportunities amongst employees is by sending them to industry specific conferences. These provide digital learning opportunities in the form of workshops and lectures and some also provide opportunities for networking and connection. 

Use a method of learning methods to hammer home the message

When it comes to finding the right learning methods you need to consider the fact that different people learn better in different ways. Some would prefer more synchronous learning, where all people are participating in the activity together. This can come in the form of digital workshops with an instructor or group learning activities over conference calls. 

Another form of learning could be asynchronous, with access to online courses and video-based training. Whilst less immersive, this type of development is flexible and can be a great way to provide employees with productive activities to do when they are finding themselves less busy at work. 

 

Get your employees input on what works best

When it comes to giving the appropriate training to employees, you should avoid imposing outcomes on them as much as possible. Research shows that if people are involved in the decision-making process, it improves the uptake and their enthusiasm for learning. Get your employee’s input on what they want in terms of training and development and you will be off to a winning start. 

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Does Your Team Away Day Follow These Important Rules?

meetingsMany team members will roll their eyes at the thought of a Team Away Day if they have found previous events to be boring and uninspired, or unstructured and ineffective. A well planned event can change this attitude as if you follow the rules below, you will find your team comes away feeling refreshed, inspired and motivated to work together more successfully.

Check your Away Day plans include these essential ingredients:

Get the right timing

Set a date well in advance, avoiding any obvious no-go times such as school holidays, to ensure that everyone can attend. It can be helpful to schedule your Team Day with the wider business landscape in mind- is there a period of time every year when your company is naturally less busy? The ‘fresh start’ feeling of the New Year in January, or even the new financial year can be a good time to catch team members when they are in a more flexible mindset.

Have a clear purpose

Make sure that the key aims are at the front of your mind when scoping out a team event, and share these with your team too. Having a clear vision for the day does not take too long to decide on, but it can help transform the whole event by keeping everyone on the same page and preventing the day from going off track.

Make an appropriate plan

Choose the right activities for the day- spending hours in a conference room listening to various talks is not always the best way to get the message across. Try some of our team building activities to break up a day of meetings and discussions, or as a total replacement of these things. Tackling a set of tasks together is a great way to improve teamwork, unite your team and create a truly enjoyable day.

Empower attendees

Attendance at team events shouldn’t be optional, as this suggests that it is not important to the business. Consider employing a facilitator for the day to help lead the day and encourage discussion whilst allowing the company leader to be a part of the activities.

Select a good location

If you always opt for the same location for conferences and meetings, look for somewhere new to create a blank slate. Choosing a unique location will inspire team members and make the day particularly memorable.

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6 Tips To Successful Q & A Conferences

Question and Answer conferences can go either one of two ways. Either there is a deadly silence or they become adversarial battles between the audience and top brass.

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We have put together 7 tips to help you manage the discussion and make it a pleasant and productive session for all concerned:

  • Always try to channel the questions through the host to a panel. A good conference host will demonstrate their independence by gently challenging the panel and by ensuring that the members of the panel answer the questions honestly.
  • Mix the questions up. Mix business questions with ‘about you’ questions like what did each panel member have as their first job?
  • Prepare questions beforehand. The host can have these on cards and can start a debate or switch to a new topic easily.
  • If you can be confident that there won’t be anyone in the audience that will hog the microphone then you could consider using a ‘catch box’ which helps to inject energy into the audience and means you can help to get more people involved, much more quickly.
  • You could consider having delegate’s text their thoughts and questions in during the conference, or you could use a hashtag through social media for people to use.
  • It is important to allow the host to change the discussion amongst those from people in the audience. For example, if there was a conversation about pay and this was stuck on topic for a while, the host should look to ask a question about working environment to move the subject on.

If you’d like some more free advice ahead of you upcoming conference, do get in touch with our team at Team Building London today.