3 Key Characteristics of Healthy Remote Team Members

3 Key Characteristics of Healthy Remote Team Members

An investment by leadership in producing a healthy and vibrant remote team culture will payoff dividends by building up the right character in your team members.

Ideal teams produce superlative results.

You know this.  I know this.  Anyone who has ever spent any time on a highly successful team recognizes the benefits of team health.  

But, what are the lasting results of healthy teams?  Other than higher profits and company morale.

Have you ever stopped to ask:  What are we producing other than our products or services?

Sure, a healthy bottom line is great!  Shareholders, investors, governing boards all love when the profits are headed up and to the left.  But, what about your people?  Are their lives headed in the same direction?  Are their careers?

A great question to ask is:  Are our employees better for having worked with us?

Better Employees are Better

Ideally, every person that is a member of your team will remain a member of your team for the long haul.  It’s MUCH cheaper to retain great employees than to continually replace them.  What a great team culture does is help to make this a reality.  But more than that, what a great team culture does is provide an irresistible environment that keeps employees engaged and committed.

According to the Corporate Leadership Council, employees who are committed and engaged at work perform 20% better and are 87% less likely to leave their current company.

Engaged and committed doesn’t just mean employees who show up for work on time, meet their quotas, and fulfill their boss’s every whim.  Engaged and committed means your team members feel valued _by_ their workplace and bring value _to_ their workplace.  It means each member of your team brings their absolute best each and every day.  It means that when a team member begins to lag behind, they aren’t met corrective actions or review, but with compassion and care that encourages their overall health, not simply the health of the organization.

Think Symbiotically

A great and healthy culture is symbiotic.  When one aspect thrives, all aspects benefit.  Think of our environment. One of the natural phenomena that many of us take for granted is that plants convert carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen.  Without plants, we humans and all other oxygen-dependent life would struggle and eventually die out.  Something as simple and essential as breathing comes from the symbiotic relationship that of the plant and animal kingdom.

Well, in any organization, be it a for-profit enterprise or an NPO, symbiosis needs to exist.  When the organization thrives, it should not be at the cost of it’s employees.  On the contrary, organizations that pay close attention to the care and development of their employees will see the highest levels of engagement and commitment.

However, taking care of employees isn’t simply giving out great Christmas presents and ample paid-vacation.  It isn’t the free gym membership, or even the annual “pretzel day” in the lobby.  Taking care of your employees, especially in an ever-increasing remote-based work environment, means having a plan and purpose in developing their ability to thrive as ideal members of any team, yours or otherwise.  It means seeking to build into your culture a high-level of understanding the key virtues of what it means to be an ideal team player.

Patrick Lencioni in his book “The Ideal Team Player”, (as well as this interview from Forbes in 2016) summarizes these three virtues as:

    Humble –  they have little ego; focusing more on their teammates than on themselves.

    Hungry – they have a strong work ethic, are determined to get things done, and contribute any way they can.

    Smart – not intellectually smart but inner personally smart. They understand the dynamics of a group of people and how to say and do things and have a positive outcome on those around them.

Lencioni calls these three traits “indispensable”.  They aren’t just characteristics to possess, but virtues which to aspire to! And, ideal team players do not just possess one or even two of these traits, but rather are thriving in all three areas.

Building Ideal Team Players

So, as we ask ourselves the question, “Are our employees better for having worked with us?” , we have to start not with how materially successful we are helping our employees be; rather, we need to ask whether we are calling them to anything worth aspiring to as we call them to work with us.  Are we giving our employees the right structure and environments that reward these three virtues?

Think about it:  

    If ego is a problem for a team, meaning those with the biggest ego receive the bulk of the recognition, why would anyone seek to be humble and prioritize their teammates above themselves?  

    If those with a low-functioning work ethic are not held to the same standards and expectations as your more highly motivated workers, why would anyone strive to do more to the benefit of the team?

    If interpersonal relationships are not held to an accepted standard of respect and inclusion and kindness, how will trust be formed to help the team thrive together?

Winning the Future

For “Ideal Team Players” to exist, it will take work cultures and environments that make it their aim to produce such employees.  And thriving workplaces of the future will consider more than their bottom lines when it comes to the investments they make.  Producing better employees produces better employee culture. Ideal Team Players will be the secret ingredient of organizations that win in the future.

So, how can you go about creating an environment that encourages people to be humble, hungry, and people smart?  It starts with developing trust.  Trust is built, not simply on honesty, but on the health and integrity of relationships.  When people have the opportunity to build relationships that are fun and relaxed, while they themselves feel personally valued, it will become easier to mold and shape them into the employees you would like for them to be.   This is where companies like LetsVidya can become your best-kept secret partners in shaping your ideal remote team culture.

Enjoying a cocktail mixology class together can bring some much-needed levity during this extended pandemic season.  While “normal” is within reach in some places, most businesses have shifted to remote work and remote teams for the future.  You can leverage virtual events as the culture-shaping secret sauce that builds unity while providing the safety and flexibility your new remote work strategy affords. 

Don’t allow social distancing to keep your team from being distantly social. Explore a LetsVidya corporate virtual event today!