Knowing the team who works for you is worthwhile. People are more motivated and productive when they feel a sense of belonging and connection to their team.
Knowing the team doesn't mean you should be best friends with your colleagues - in fact, it's better that you're not. It does mean, however, that members of your team need to feel respected and valued for who they are as well as what they do.
Get to know your staff, their interests and their working styles. Understanding their constraints, the type of work they enjoy most, their development needs, their strengths and how they prefer to work creates a harmonious and efficient working relationship.
If you're the 'new kid on the block', the quickest way to get to know your team is to schedule face-to-face meetings
during your first few days on the job. Here are some questions that can break the ice and build understanding. Remember, however, you also need to share information about your own work practices and preferences - this isn't a one-way street.
- Tell me a bit about yourself?
- Tell me about your accomplishments at work - what are you proud of?
- What do you like most about your job and work environment?
- How do you like to work - under close supervision, independently, in teams or a mix?
- What training do you feel would help you achieve your potential?
- What support do you need from me to help you with your work?
- What are your career aspirations?