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Team Building

Team building activities are vital for all teams! See the tools and resources below that can help you get to know your team.

See Employee Recognition Ideas for additional ways you can connect with your employees.

Team Norms

Team norms are a set of guidelines or rules that help shape the interaction and behavior between team members as well as peers outside of the department. Establish team norms right off the bat. Here's an example of team norms.


Team Expectations

It is important to ask your team what they expect of you. After all, how will you evaluate yourself effectively if you don't know what your team needs/wants from you? One way to learn their expectations is to have your team complete an expectations document. The Team Leader Report Card is an example. An alternative is to have a conversation about what your team expects of you, either one-on-one or in a team meeting.


Strengths

Many people focus on their weaknesses versus building their strengths. Strength assessments are a great tool for determining strengths and capitalizing on the strengths of your team.

  • Clifton Strengths Assessment - learn your your top five strengths out of 34. You'll get a personalized analysis of your results. Alternatively purchase Clifton Strengths book on Amazon with the access code for the online assessment:
  • VIA Institute on Character - an academic assessment founded by researchers in the field of positive psychology. The results provide 23 strengths in order based on your personality. This assessment is free.
  • Realize 2 - This assessment uses a quadrant moded that assesses strengths and weaknesses in four different areas; Weaknesses, Learned Behaviors, Realized Strengths, and Unrealized Strengths.

Communication Styles

Managing your team successfully means understanding the individual style of each team member. Learn the communication styles of your team by having them take a communication styles quiz! Here are the four main styles:

  • Direct
  • Sincere
  • Talking
  • Organized

Pecha Kucha Presentations

Pecha kucha presentations are easy, fun tools for building trust within your team! Each member of your team creates a presentation (in PowerPoint or another presentation program) that consists of 10 images illustrating something about themselves that has nothing to do with work. Each image should be displayed for ten seconds. It takes just 100 seconds per person, and you'll learn a lot about your team!


Effective One-on-One Meetings

One-on-one meetings are a great way to develop a working relationship with an employee, so that you can provide them with everything they need to succeed in their role. Check out the Effective One-on-One document to ensure you're getting the most out of the meetings.


Contact Human Resources

Human Resources located in the Administration Building, first floor. See Campus Map for location. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours, M-F, 8 am - 5 pm.

  Kendra Sprague, VP of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

   (360) 442-2121
  ksprague@lowercolumbia.edu 

 

  Samantha Orth, Director of Human Resources

   (360) 442-2124
  sorth@lowercolumbia.edu

  Shani Dennick, Senior HR Generalist & Benefits Administrator

   (360) 442-2123
  sdennick@lowercolumbia.edu

  Sydney Sanford, HR Generalist - Talent Acquisition 

   (360) 442-2122
  ssanford@lowercolumbia.edu

  Kaylee Opp HR Generalist

   (360) 442-2125
  kopp@lowercolumbia.edu

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