When living in a family, there is nothing quite like building your team. With this in mind, how about focusing on a little team building? Let’s talk about how to build a strong team at home.
As a mom to eight, I am often asked how I get it all done. I am always quick to respond that I don’t because I am only one part of a strong team. Much of what gets done in a day in our home gets done as part of a team effort, but a strong team doesn’t just happen. A strong team happens with intention. A strong team is built. A strong team is continually encouraged, reenforced, and also rewarded.
Put simply, our home could not function without everyone doing their part, and that is where it starts.
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Before anything else can be done, you must define what it means to be a team in the home. What does your idea of team look like?
Everyone must understand that a team works together and that as part of a team it is important that everyone does their part. When one part is missing or not functioning properly, the entire team suffers.
When presenting this idea of a team, do so in a positive light because truthfully, everyone works better as part of a team…and your family will be stronger for it!
Once everyone has a clear understanding of the overall mission, plan, and benefit of working as a team, you are ready to move forward as the team leader.
Following are the seven essential steps I have found in building a strong team at home.
1. Clearly define the roles of all who are participating
This begins with defining the roles even between husband and wife. From there it extends down to others. What areas are each person in charge of? What regular tasks such as laundry, making meals, and general cleanup will each person take a part in? These are just a couple of things to look at, but what role will each person play?
2. Decide on age appropriate tasks for each person to fulfill
Don’t underestimate your young kids. They really can accomplish a lot. Of course the expectation of how they will complete their tasks will be appropriate as well. Kids gain a great deal of self-esteem, self worth, and essential life skills that will spill over into every aspect of their lives both now and in the future from the work they do at home. Not only is their work benefitting the family and taking a load off your plate, but it is also helping them develop into hardworking, motivated, and skilled individuals.
3. Train your team
If you want your team to accomplish certain things and to be able to do them well, you will need to spend ample time training them to do so. This can also be something that can be fun. I have some great ideas for this kind of thing in *8 Creative Ways to Make Cleaning Fun For Your Kids. Training your team takes time, and it may not always be welcomed, but it will be time that is well spent.
4. Encourage your team
Your team may not be all that excited at first, but incentives are a great way to get people excited to get on board with working together. At first, encouragement can happen by working alongside your team. This is often the most effective form of encouragement even for my grown husband!
Praise your team for the little things and the big things they do, especially at first. A little praise goes a long way. Your praise will need to be genuine and not condescending in any way, but being mindful of praising your team is essential.
Retrain your team when necessary, and know that retraining will be necessary. In fact, retraining often occurs more often than we think we should have to. Even just little tweaks qualify as retraining, but so so in a positive way. Think about how you want to be trained in a new job (and how you don’t want to be trained). When learning new things there is always a learning curve, but you can decrease the learning curve by retraining when necessary.
7. Reassign things to your team as needed
As long as your expectations are reasonable, as long as your team has been trained, and as long as your team has been given the proper tools for the job, reassigning work when it isn’t up to par may be necessary at times. There is certainly a place for mercy and grace within a family, but your team can also learn what it means to do their best, to follow directions, and to take pride in their work. These are skills they will need in the workforce and in their lives as adults anyway, and what better place to learn these things than within the context of a strong team at home.
Fostering a sense of teamwork and building a strong team is a vital part of the heartbeat of our home, and it can be an important aspect of life in your home as well. Try walking through these seven steps to get your team in place, too!