Your Team is Expanding, but your People aren’t Talking

Published: 15th July, 2019
Your team is expanding but your people aren’t talking

Joining-up Your Team

The team that you’re either leading or a part of, is expanding and new person is joining. This might be a result of growth, or it could be some form of swapping in and out members of staff. When you look across that team, you may see them communicating poorly, this could potentially mean that the new person joining the team isn’t going to get a clear sense of the purpose of that team, what good looks like, how they’re going to fit in and what their role is.

The Work Starts Now!

In my experience it’s best to begin working on this before the new person joins. This means getting the team together, working through a bit of a reminder, a bit of focus, and looking at different areas of the things they do. By having that shared vision of what the team’s purpose is before that new member joins, you can then carry that continuity into their induction or on-boarding to bring that new team member in and give them a really great start to their role with you. We use Big Picture as a common reference point, set of symbols and a template.

We have a challenge presented by how frequently people move jobs, the current “gig economy”,  and how we expect new talent to come in and be effective almost immediately. There’s a reason we recruit people, and it’s the job of the business to ensure new employees enter an environment that enables them to work effectively. I think we all have a responsibility for that. We set high promises and invest a lot of time and money in getting the right people through the recruitment process. The hard thing is to provide them with an environment in which to land and to start being effective. You’ve got a lot of people involved in that process, and I think sometimes we miss the opportunity to harvest the energy that a new person can bring into the organisation, and the kind of experience that they can share because of what they’ve done previously.

We’re all human beings, and most of the time, we want to do a good job. You can bring massive value to an organisation from any point of perspective. At Big Picture, giving people the opportunity, the environment and the language to do that is what we’re all about.

Your Team Your Process

On a recent webinar where we explored the title of this blog as a general theme, the delegates and I worked through a start, middle and end to a successful team expansion:

  • The work we might suggest to do before someone joins, so we can do the preparatory work and give you an insight into how we do that.
  • What actually happens when that new person joins (explored with another little practical exercise)
  • We bring it all together to give you an insight into how we bring one new member of staff into an already established team.

“It’s just really simple, but a really good way of doing it.” – Lewis

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Here’s what one of the attendees fed back:

“Yeah, it’s really interesting. I’m new to the company I currently work for, and we don’t really have a robust  induction program, so it’s good to get different viewpoints as to what could work to keep everyone aligned and engaged, and to make sure that any new starters are aligned with with our culture and values. Yeah, it’s interesting. Thank you. Appreciate you going through it.” – Joanne

Why the Bother?

When the team start talking, they have a chance to share what they really think, and so:

– They are more likely to be productive in their time with the company

– The business will enjoy a ready supply of new opportunities each and every time you get to the truth- the challenge is working out what to do with them all! Her boss Bill gets the most of her team and is able to translate that up to the board.

– She’s likely to stay with the company for longer and that means avoiding the costs of rehiring- worse case 6-9 months of an the employee’s salary to locate and train a replacement and 2 years to become fully productive. Not to mention the toll on existing employee productivity and morale.

What We Can Help You With ..

Big Picture naturally generates extremely high engagement levels as you provide your people with the tools they require to share useful truths about the business. With light-touch delivery it means you can involve large group sizes, of up-to 20, with no drop off in engagement levels. This results in the highest Engagement levels we have ever seen for People and Business Development.

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