How to Promote Teamwork Among Your Staff
You’ve established the goals that you would like to achieve in your martial arts studio. Now it’s time to get your staff involved with your plans.
If you don’t already have a staff, then you have the perfect opportunity to lay the groundwork for the goals that you’ve established with your new crew. If you already have a staff, you’ll have to establish a point in which to begin your new plan of action.
Since most people are a bit reluctant to change, particularly if it means more work and extra effort on their part, you’ll have to make sure to introduce your new program at an appropriate time.
Certain times of the year leave people feeling a little more open to change than others. For instance, the start of a new year is a great time to gather support for your new goals.
If that is just too far away, you can change your plan of action at the beginning of the seasons i.e. fall, spring, etc. Think in terms of school semesters – a time for a fresh start or a new beginning.
One of the best ways to promote teamwork among your staff is to hold regular staff meetings. Once a week seems to be a good time for everyone to gather and discuss what they’ve accomplished so far, and what they plan to accomplish over the next few weeks or months.
A good way to get your staff involved on your quest to build a better martial arts school is to solicit their ideas on how they can best achieve the goals that you have set.
This serves two purposes. First, it gives your staff ownership to these goals, as well as affords you a fresh perspective on how you can go about achieving these goals. Secondly, if a staff member feels as if a goal is their own idea, they’ll be more likely to work hard to achieve it.
For instance, if you want to improve customer service, your instructors may begin making suggestions that you’ve already thought of – like sending sick students and their families “get well” cards when you’ve learned that they’ve been sick, sending out birthday cards, and such.
You can do one better by asking which staff member would like to be responsible for sending out these cards. Or, who would like to be responsible for developing the bi-monthly newsletter that you have on the agenda.
This is a great way to get your staff involved and alleviate some of your duties as well. They say that it is easier to pull than to push. You’ll find that you’ll get much better results by getting your staff involved in the fulfillment of your goals as opposed to simply dictating the new rules and regulations that you expect them to adhere to.