Thursday, February 12, 2009

Maintaining Effective Teams While in Crisis

When teams are in crisis organizations tend to return to what worked in the past.

This process is effective sometimes. Although times are changing, the solutions that we used 20 years ago are not as effective as they were when system had a greater static presence.

The "Prescribe and Cut" process of finding the problem and cutting the staff, while keeping the status-quo causes organizations to recover at a slower rate of return.

Below are three great ideas for maintaining a healthy team culture in crisis environment.

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1: Most of what companies traditionally do in a crisis doesn’t

The way many organizations typically handle crises is by
cutting back on all expenses and doing mass layoffs. While this can be
necessary, studies actually show companies who choose this approach recover
more slowly.

2: It is possible to be happy at work even in a workplace in

Of course it’s easier to be happy when everything is going
swimmingly, but people can still be happy at work in a crisis. It takes
determination and focus, but it can be done. Surprisingly, a crisis can
make people happy at work, provided that it becomes a reason for people
to focus and pull together - rather than an excuse to give up.

3: Happy workplaces get out of a crisis

Especially in a crisis, an organization needs to get the
best out of its people - and when we’re happy at work we are more motivated,
creative and productive.

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-Michael Cardus is the founder of Create-Learning-Team Building, an experiential based training and development consulting organization, as well as a blogger for TeamBuilding NY. Mike specializes in team development and leadership development consulting and training, creating team-building programs that retain talented staff members, increase production and effectiveness of your team. He lives in Buffalo, NY, and travels to you to serve your team-building and leadership training needs, wherever and whenever fits your schedule.