Posted on by Jessica Peaty

Olympics 2016: Go For Gold in the Workplace

The 2016 Rio Olympics have been littered with medals, with 27 Gold, 23 Silver and 17 Bronze it has been without a doubt team GB’s most fruitful Games ever.
Finishing in 2nd place, one could argue the success of Great Britain’s Olympians can’t be based upon their individual talent and dedication alone, but in fact due to their illustrious team work, leadership and diversity.

Teamwork is absolutely fundamental for teams to work effectively. Only when the skills and strengths of individual team members are joined with shared goals, and a focus on collective performance, will you start to see the benefits of a team at work.
Organisations, whether it be the Olympics, a public high school or local restaurant chain, require leaders at all levels, not just the top.
Leadership is about the ability to not only understand and utilise your innate talents, but to also effectively leverage the natural strengths of your team to accomplish the mission. In the field of sport, leaders are people who show a capacity to be ahead of their time, exert positive influences on others and act as role. In businesses every HR professional knows the value of leadership and teamwork but what about the practicalities.

The decision to organise employees in teams usually can’t be made without the backing of senior managers. In many cases, managers are already enthusiastic. If they aren’t, HR can make a business case for teamwork by citing benefits such as:

  • More efficient working
  • Competitiveness and best-practice sharing among teammates
  • Stronger employee relationships
  • Higher morale and motivation

HR can have a direct impact on better team work when it comes to how teams need to be organised. Goals and purposes need to be defined for a team to be effective, involving team members in goal setting and KPIs will encourage employee engagement. Rewarding team excellence can help make meeting goals a rewarding experience, similar to an Olympic gold medal.
Finally while team building activities may seem elementary it’s a great way to improve respect, relationships and define team roles. Although employees will most likely have completely different key performance indicators its essential to outline that everyone should be working for same end goal, the greater success of the business. Determining that everyone should be working towards the bigger picture should enforce better communication and team work.

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