The importance of team building in your real estate agency

Getting your staff to become more productive and profitable can be a tricky task to manage.  Whilst productivity is the essence of what makes businesses competitive, it can be difficult to achieve if you do not have the correct management style or office environment to begin with.  Through team building, synergy, trust and drive for efficiency can be built into a workplace.

It can be argued that one of the most important roles of a team is to collectively generate innovative ideas orientated towards improving upon products, department structures or revising new attitudes, mentality and view points within the office. This process of innovation cannot be pressure cooked, as time and space is often needed to cultivate creativity.  The ultimate way to encourage growth within your CENTURY 21 Franchise could be to encourage team building exercises to draw out such creativity from within your staff.

Belonging to a team results in a feeling of being a part of something larger than yourself; teams can help staff to understand the mission or objectives of an office.  In a team orientated environment you are encouraged to work with fellow colleagues to produce a common goal.  Even if you have a specific job or function within the office, team building is about making every person feel a part of, and as though they contribute to, the larger picture – the success of your real estate franchise.

Executives, managers and staff members universally explore ways to improve profitability and staff retention. Many view team based structures as the best design for involving all employees in the workplace. Several suggestions of team building include corporate trivia, cooking experiences or games. 

No matter what you call your team-based improvement initiatives, you are ultimately striving towards continual improvement of real estate sales and your office environment.  If your team building programs are not living up to expectations, this self-diagnosing checklist may help explain why:

- Clear expectations - Do team members understand why the team was created?

- Context - Do team members understand how such team building exercises will help the company obtain its communicated business goals?

- Commitment - Do team members feel the mission is important, and if so do they expect recognition for their contribution?
If an individual's thoughts and actions aren't aligned with those of the organisation, both may suffer.  The importance of team building revolves around creating synergistic teams of individuals whose goals are in alignment with the organisational ideas and structure of which they are a part of.
Team building is considered by some as being a simple and fun way of improving staff motivation, retention, profitability and excitement within the office.

Posted by George Tarbey on 30/09/2010 at 1:04 PM | Categories:


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