Adding to a team can be tricky. Here’s how to welcome new employees and make them part of your culture as quickly and effectively as possible.
Every successful team that I have ever been a part of has one thing in common, and it’s not experience or exclusively high performance. It’s teamwork, or more specifically, the ability to get along with one another and have a good time.
As teams work on common goals, members fill various roles and responsibilities to contribute to the group effort. Researchers Steven Bray and Lawrence Brawley define roles as a “set of prescriptions that define the behaviors required of an individual member who occupies a certain position.” These roles can be assigned by the leader, decided by the team, or volunteered for by specific members. Regardless of how the decision is made, the leader must believe the member assigned to a particular role has the skills, commitment and appropriate attitude to carry out the task.