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HERE ARE A FEW TIPS AND IDEAS ON TEAM-BUILDING: 1. CREATE SHARED VALUES: Get every team member to list their Top 3 core values, such as integrity, passion, commitment, etc. Once you have them all, tally up the Top 3 to 6 and post them where the team gathers everyday. These core values are now how they and you should make decisions in your practice. 2. BUILD COMMON GOALS: As a team, brainstorm together to come up with the office and individual goals. Not only does this produce better buy-in From employees when they have been involved in the development of the goals, but they feel more obligated to achieve them. 4. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS: Often breakdown in support or team synergy is communication. Take the opportunity to develop an office chat system that all employees must log onto every day. “Slack” is a FREE communication system that you can direct message an individual or set up team chat lines where everyone can input messages. It can be accessed by PC or phone. 3. TEAM MEETINGS: Not staff meetings, but team meetings. Meetings designed to talk about how to improve the office, the team work, the culture and to let them have the floor to talk about their ideas. 5. GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER SESSIONS: One of the best exercises for teams is personality testing so that leaders and employees understand each other’s personality. Not only does this create deeper understanding of personal preferences, it causes employees to treat each other differently based on what they have learned which, in turn, creates better cohesiveness. 6. GET OUT & HAVE FUN!: I say it all the time - “teams that play together stay together.” As the leader, you need to plan some fun time for the staff that is away from the daily grind of the office. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, but it should be fun and something everyone would want to do. You can go bowling, play mini-golf, support a charity, walk together or just go out for lunch. Planning this time will assist in employees developing deeper bonds together, which would not happen as fast in the office setting. Last note… really want to know how to build your team up? Ask them… they will be more than happy to share some ideas with you. Trudi Charest is the Co-Founder of 4ECPs, a business resource company for eye care professionals. 4ECPs has six divisions including eye care jobs, marketing, training, social media, payments & events. Trudi can be reached at trudi@4ecps.com or www.4ecps.com. Optical Prism | November 2017 39 HERE ARE A FEW TIPS AND IDEAS ON TEAM-BUILDING: 1. CREATE SHARED VALUES: Get every team member to list their Top 3 core values, such as integrity, passion, com- mitment, etc. Once you have them all, tally up the Top 3 to 6 and post them where the team gathers everyday. These core values are now how they and you should make decisions in your practice. 2. BUILD COMMON GOALS: As a team, brainstorm together to come up with the office and individual goals. Not only does this produce better buy-in From employees when they have been involved in the development of the goals, but they feel more obligated to achieve them. 4. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS: Often breakdown in support or team synergy is communication. Take the opportunity to develop an office chat system that all employees must log onto every day. “Slack” is a FREE communication system that you can direct message an individual or set up team chat lines where everyone can input messages. It can be accessed by PC or phone. 3. TEAM MEETINGS: Not staff meetings, but team meetings. Meetings designed to talk about how to improve the office, the team work, the culture and to let them have the floor to talk about their ideas. 5. GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER SESSIONS: One of the best exercises for teams is personality testing so that leaders and employees understand each other’s personality. Not only does this create deeper understanding of personal preferences, it causes employees to treat each other differently based on what they have learned which, in turn, creates better cohesiveness. 6. GET OUT & HAVE FUN!: I say it all the time - “teams that play together stay together.” As the leader, you need to plan some fun time for the staff that is away from the daily grind of the office. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, but it should be fun and something everyone would want to do. You can go bowling, play mini-golf, support a charity, walk together or just go out for lunch. Planning this time will assist in employees developing deeper bonds together, which would not happen as fast in the office se [˂\x)X[H[ۛZ[[\X[H\\[x)^H[H[ܙH[\H\HYHYX\][KYH\\\HQ[\و PH\[\\\H\[H܈^YH\Bٙ\[ۘ[ˈ P\^]\[ۜ[Y[^YH\H؜X\][Z[[X[YYXK^[Y[ ][ˈYH[HXXY]YP X˘H܈ˍX˘KX[\Hݙ[X\ M