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A healthy workplace culture: The importance of ‘team time’

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There are two aspects of time that are important to establishing a healthy workplace culture. One is “me time” and the other is “team time”.

Teams function best when given free rein to meet as needed to achieve the team’s goals. If these goals are aligned to the larger organization’s vision there should be no concerns by management because the engaged team will use the time wisely.

An innovative twist to permit effectiveness of these meetings is to allow the team to hold their meeting in unusual places. A nearby park or coffee shop may allow more creativity at the meeting, which is key to problem solving. To avoid interruptions the meeting could be held offsite at a local restaurant. Many locally owned restaurants and some chains offer complimentary space provided the guests order food or beverage.

Team time is not always associated with meetings. Providing an occasional team luncheon or sending the entire time on a break time together can produce enhanced results even if no work is discussed. This boils down to bonding which establishes cohesiveness and camaraderie.

© Max Impact, used with permission.

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