The Importance of Strengthening Team Relationships

We are all aware about the importance teamwork plays within an organization to improve results and organizational effectiveness. But I’d like to add to the conversation. I’d like to discuss the importance of deepening those team relationships and the fact that they don’t necessarily have to be work-oriented. As we find our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic and struggle to find our footing in this new normal, I believe it will be immensely helpful to know more about our teams at a deeper level.

This is an interesting time in history, and we should use this opportunity to learn about the people we work with—who they are, what they care about, how to come together, communicate better, and ultimately form a mutually beneficial relationship.

Benefits of Good Team Relationships

1. Builds Trust

Trust is the foundation of any good relationship. When it comes to building a strong and effective team, the people involved need to know that they can trust each other and that they have each other’s backs. Trust within a team creates the space for each person to be autonomous and work more independently. More importantly, it enables people to establish and grow meaningful relationships that can become a source of support.

2. Creates a Sense of Community

We’ve likely all experienced some level of loneliness or isolation in the past 18-months. This makes it more important than ever to focus on improving relationships that aren’t just about work. When team members consciously work together to achieve a common goal, a feeling of belonging is created, which may foster feelings of contentment and ultimately lead to improved happiness.

3. Promotes Inclusivity
With workplaces focused on diversity and inclusion, promoting a deeper understanding of each team member will support a more accepting environment. Teams with people from different backgrounds benefit both personally and professionally as they will come to learn about different worldviews and life experiences which in turn, begin to create a broader and deeper team dynamic.  

Team Retreats as a Vehicle To Strengthen Relationships

While getting to know each other at work is great, there’s nothing like a good team retreat to really help people come together. In a high-stress world that’s constantly changing, retreats with your team can help employees relax and recalibrate.

Did you know that companies with higher employee morale are 21% more profitable than their competition? A retreat is a time for rest and reflection, together with people who are experiencing the same daily life you are. Team retreats won’t magically fix your employees’ problems, but they have a significant amount of benefits regardless.

Taking part in team retreats gives everyone the sense that they are part of something bigger than themselves and allows them to learn more about their colleagues. More than anything, team retreats can just be fun—which is great for stress relief and building relationships.

As an entrepreneur, I know the importance of a team that works synergistically. And as a community changemaker, I know the value of creating spaces and relationships that are more than work. When you show your employees that you care about them outside of work, you’ll find that they become happier, more engaged, and productive people.

To work with my team on issues that affect the workplace, visit my website! I’d love to help you create a company culture of creativity, inclusion, and collaboration.

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