Prioritise team cohesion

Regardless of the industry in which you work, stress is a significant challenge for all organisations.

The 2018/19 Labour Force Survey outlined that self-reported stress, depression or anxiety accounted for 12.8 million lost work days in the United Kingdom in 2018/19.

On average, each person suffering from stress, depression or anxiety took 21.2 days off work. Reducing the impact of stress in your organisation will mean your team are more content and more productive, so it makes sense to consider what more can be done.

Team cohesion

This could be one counter measure to stress, it seems logical that the greater the level of team cohesion, the more resilient the members should be to external stressors and the less likely they should be to generate friction themselves. So how to improve team cohesion? One suggestion is below:

  • Shared experiences

That feeling when your group aim is achieved – the big project is delivered just in time, objectives met and the feedback is positive. It wasn’t easy but you all got it done somehow. Such experiences tend to lead to stronger bonds between members and a greater level of trust through experience and success. Perhaps the greater the challenge the stronger the bonds?

It is often said “you don’t get the same bonds you had between people in the military in the civilian world”, this might be true but why? Perhaps it is the nature of the challenges you surmount in the military, usually more physically demanding and intense than most challenges in the office. Teams are often co-dependent, so you have no choice but to trust one another, you normally have a common objective to achieve that unites and sometimes it is unpleasant – wet, cold, perhaps dangerous etc. The shared success in achieving the objective leads to a greater sense of relief, joy, gratitude and ultimately stronger bonds between team members.

All teams and their leaders should pursue shared experiences within the work environment but ideally outside of the office too. Taking people outside of their ‘comfort zone’ to solve problems and succeed together should increase team cohesion and trust. Teams and individuals should become more resilient to workplace stresses. Doing it in the cold and the wet is the cherry on top!

So, what has all this got to do with providing security? Our aim at Watchword is to establish team cohesion and trust with our staff, clients and partners so we can collaborate effectively, deliver the best possible service and achieve more together. This might mean better integration with your Facilities team to support events organisation or understanding the key personnel in your organisational hierarchy to give a more tailored service, whatever your specific requirements, we will support.

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