How to unite your teams after a difficult year?

Motivating and pushing your team to work together is important, and even more so when the company is having a difficult time. The manager must therefore know how to unite his team so that all employees move forward together and achieve a common goal.

If individual performance is essential in a company, it must be part of a collective. Team cohesion promotes everyone's acceptance of the objectives set and the procedures put in place to achieve them. Federating teams to create working relationships conducive to performance is a managerial technique that is all the more important when the company has gone through hardships, such as a significant drop in turnover. A good manager must know how to motivate his troops. Here are some tips to help the manager bring his teams together.

What type of management should you adopt with your employees?

Different management methods are available to the manager to help him unite his team: persuasive, participative, delegative and directive. He must obviously adapt these techniques according to the profiles and personalities of the members of his team.

  • Be persuasive : the manager must have certain qualities to apply the method of persuasion. He must have charisma, be available to listen to the opinions and suggestions of his collaborators. He must also know how to make effective decisions to inspire confidence in his employees.
  • The participatory method : this technique consists in pushing employees to get more involved. The manager must be at the center of the team to be at the same time the referee, the partner and the visionary. He must show his support within the team and also take the blows with his collaborators.
  • The directive method : the manager must be firm, efficient and self-confident. It must set an example and inspire confidence in its employees.
  • The delegative style : this method encourages employees to take more responsibility, to show more initiative and creativity.

The basics to unite your team

After a difficult year, it is essential to motivate your team to go back together, hand in hand. It is therefore essential to put in place an effective strategy to strengthen your team. This cannot be done without the goodwill of the manager. The latter must lead by example to federate his troops. 

  • Communication: the basis of a good understanding in the team

Communication is the means for the manager to share his energy, to convince his employees of the merits of his strategy or even to share his vision of things. To motivate his team, the manager must communicate both successes and failures. His speech must be objective while inspiring confidence, to pull his / her team (s) up. The manager must communicate both internally (with team members) and externally to give a good image of his business. Effective communication creates or strengthens the bond between employees. Each member must learn to communicate properly. For this, it is possible for example to apply the non-violent communication protocol or CNV, created by the American psychiatrist and psychotherapist Marshall Rosenberg. The latter goes through several stages:

  • make a neutral observation;
  • express their feelings in order to convey a personal point of view;
  • share needs, then make a request so that others know what is expected of them.
  • Establish moments of exchange

Moments of discussion are also important to allow the manager to join his team. They can take place in a formal and informal way. Formal exchanges occur during meetings and briefings. These meetings promote communication and allow everyone to enhance their role in the project.

Non-formal exchanges are also to be organized regularly, such as team building actions. These informal meetings make it easier to exchange and get to know the other members of his team better. They are also an opportunity to celebrate victories or to support each other in defeats. It is important to create activities outside of the professional framework to create common memories between each, which will help to build a team.

  • Learn to manage conflicts

A good manager must know how to resolve potential conflicts that undermine his team. In fact, tensions can still exist, despite everyone's desire to communicate better. To manage this type of situation, the manager must adopt the following attitudes:

  • carry out an objective analysis of the origin of conflicts;
  • mediate by finding the common interest between the members of the team;
  • help the team bounce back, then encourage each member to develop a sense of responsibility in order to maintain group cohesion.

To do this, the manager must know how to adapt his speech according to the different personalities of his employees. He must be able to value each employee to encourage him to invest in the life of the company.

  • Get involved to federate your team

If the manager wants to unite his team, he must be on the front line. It is important to lead by example and to be with your employees. He must get involved and be at the heart of his team to always be at the forefront and inspire confidence. Thanks to this, it will give meaning to the work of each employee.

  • Lead by example

The manager who is the image of the company must lead by example. He must be dynamic to inspire his employees. The manager must be energetic, motivated and confident. It acts like a lamp that lights the way forward and must never go out if he wants the company to see the end of the tunnel. His attitude to everyday life is also important because employees will tend to be inspired by it. He must therefore sometimes know how to take a step back to be able to analyze a situation and make the necessary adjustments to it for the good of the company.