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The Even the most cohesive units are a careful work-in-progress By Charmaine Hammond and Michèle Luit Care and Feeding of Your Team of employees, the same principles for success will apply. Great teams are not born. They are developed, nurtured and remain a work in progress. In today’s economic climate, there are many strains and challenges facing teams. For some, there is the threat of job loss or company downsizing. For others, significant changes are on the horizon as organizations restructure or merge. The resulting stress can impact productivity, morale and workplace relationships. The news, however, is not all grim. This is a wonderful opportunity to take stock, reflect and provide teams with the nurturing and attention required to make a good team great! A good first step to understanding the effectiveness of your team, why it succeeds or excels in certain areas and struggles in others, is to determine the working style of each team member. There is real value in taking time to ref le ct There is no disputing each of us is simultaneously engaged with many teams – our families, sports or recreational teams, volunteer group teams, neighbourhoods and community associations – not to mention teams associated with our workplace, whether it’s a small, medium or large business. What are the secrets for teams that succeed and work well compared to ones that struggle? All teams, like any relationship, take work. For small business, the most significant advantage is the size of the team, but this doesn’t necessarily translate into less work. Regardless of number NETWORK Fall 2009 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Network - Fall 2009

Network - Fall 2009
HRIA President’s Message
HRIA Executive Director’s Message
Membership Has its Privileges
HRIA Conference Chair’s Message
What is a PEO?
The Performance Framework
Canada’s Training Ground
The Care and Feeding of Your Team
Social Networking Meets Recruitment 2.0
Making Serious Brand Impact
Establish Sound Legal Footing
It’s Dialogical
Index of Advertisers

Network - Fall 2009