The best teams work together to create a sum that is greater than its parts. But achieving this requires more than simply putting people together and making introductions. Encouraging your medical IT staff to work harder, faster, and smarter takes a careful and ongoing strategy. Below we’ve listed some tips and tricks you can use to encourage team building.
Play Games Together
It can be difficult for co-workers to learn anything meaningful about each other outside the context of work. One simple solution is to have team members do things together that have nothing to do with IT. Some teams have had success by simply playing cards or board games during their lunch break and turning it into a tournament to encourage some friendly competition.
This one might not appeal to everyone on your team, but for those that like to run, bike, or do yoga, doing it together can be a valuable team-building exercise. It’s possible to structure these activities and connect them back to your mission by putting together a team for a charity race like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Take on a New Team Activity
Great teams aren’t only good at doing one thing together, they are great at doing all things together. Consider taking your team out to do something that has nothing to do with IT. This builds camaraderie, and it also helps you and your team focus on the soft skills that make it a more dynamic and effective unit.
This strategy, like most of the others on this list, involves getting out of the office and away from a computer screen. Close shop for a day and have your team dedicate their time and effort to support disaster relief or work at a soup kitchen. This is a meaningful kind of shared experience that binds the members of your team in a powerful way.
Recognize Each Other
Lots of workplaces have some kind of employee recognition program. Often, the winner is chosen by the manager, and this can creates tension on teams. You can reverse this effect by having your team pick their own winner. That encourages each member to think about what their co-workers do well, and how everyone makes a contribution.
How often does your full team meet with one another, and how often are these meetings a conversation rather than a lecture? Bringing everyone together to talk about shared objectives, brainstorm lingering problems, or discuss future goals is a simple but effective way to get everyone on the same page.
Team building is actually step two. Step one is finding the right medical IT recruits and bring them on board. Find resources to help you through every step in this process by working with the team at MedPartners HIM.