COACHES DON’T CARRY THE BALL-TEAM MEMBERS DO
COACHES UNDERSTAND THE MEANING OF ‘DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS’ WHILE TREATING EVERYONE EXACTLY THE SAME
Like sports, the company that puts together the most skilled and synergistic team will most likely score the most points. The coach only coaches, it is the team members who must carry the ball. For a coach to be successful they must understand each player and what stage that player is at. Every employee at every company from entry level to CEO goes through 5 steps or stages. Chances are also good that very few of your employees will be at the same stage at the same time. The first two steps are safety and trust and are all about the new employee. The next three stages of intimacy, goals/tasks and mission/vision represent the steps or stages that ‘intact’ work teams experience together. The key factor is that stages cannot be skipped. Stage 1, safety, is all about the needs of the new employee. When adequate information is not shared with the new employee, their questions are not answered or they do not feel they received adequate training to do their job there is a very good chance your new employee will never make it to stage 2, trust. Lack of safety is the main reason why many new cleaners are ‘no shows’ as early as their second day of work. If an employee feels safe their next step is to look at your company and its employees searching for reasons to trust both. If trust is established on all levels the employee will evolve into an intimacy level with your company and their team (if you work on teams) and the benefits of intimacy begin to surface (support system, fun, familiarity, comfort and ease of performing job). When your employees reach the goals/tasks stage your employee turnover virtually stops and at the mission/vision stage performance excellence is virtually self perpetuating.
Develop processes that will be followed by all players at all levels of your company which will insure a smooth and deliberate transition through the 5 stages of growth for each employee. Develop the necessary skills in each of your key players who are centers of influence in your company. Their ability to meet the needs of their subordinates is key to your success and the success of your company.
Make a list of things that you can do to make a new employee feel safe their first day on the job. Then expand that list to their second and third day. Your list would include things like giving a thorough orientation program and personal things that should be covered in that orientation like breaks and lunch hours (our breaks were when they were being paid to ride from house to house and they brought their lunch and ate it between jobs or they needed to check out for lunch), typical hours for a work day, attire to be worn, holidays not work and paid or unpaid. If you have teams, compile a list of your expectations for the Team Leader. Their list would include things like introducing themselves and any other partners, using the new persons name numerous times during the day, having the new person sit in the front seat where they are at the center of conversation, etc. Do not assume this will automatically happen. I am ashamed to admit that I had more than one Team Leader who worked with a new employee all day long and did not know their name. (I am even more ashamed when I have to ask myself ‘And where was their name tag!?!’ So much to do and so little time)
Ashley Windsor Testimonial – CleanSpace –
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Seminar Recording Worksheet: Building a Winning Team Part 1-English
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Seminar Recording: Building a Winning Team Part 2 for Cleaning Team Leaders-English
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Seminar Recording Worksheet: Building a Winning Team Part 2-English
Seminar Recording Worksheet: Building a Winning Team Part 2-Spanish