I work with a lot of teams.
I often have the privilege of catching up with individual team members prior to a workshop; particularly if we are working through a specific issue.
What I have learnt and had reinforced over and over again is that people care about their workplaces - they care a lot.
We invest a lot in our workplaces. Our time, our skills or sense of self. We want the organisation that we work for to succeed; not only financially but on all levels. We want to be proud of the work that we do.
Which is why it is so powerful to get your team together in a workshop setting and provide them with an opportunity to talk to each other. To talk about things that matter - like what 'respect' looks like to the team, about their personal values and needs and to discuss what is working well and what are the challenges the team are working through.
The feedback I regularly get from my workshops is that people are incredibly grateful when the organisation allows them to slow down to speed up. To take the time to celebrate what they have achieved together as a team and to give them an opportunity to solve entrenched or systemic problems. And importantly, when the organisation invests the time to assist the team to develop their interpersonal relationships.
People care about their workplaces and their colleagues; give them the time and the opportunity to explore how they can make their workplaces even better.