Is your staff team a healthy team?
How do you know?
It’s easier to know when a team is not healthy, especially if you look at the extremes.The obvious symptoms are things like:
The outcome is that the team and organization do not function as they should.
But it’s not always that obvious because most teams are not in the red zone of extremes. There may be some isolated problems but not pervasive conditions.
Many teams are in fact healthy, but experiencing a temporary setback.
A good comparison is the human body. A healthy body will function as it should. All organs and systems are working together as designed.
However, a healthy team doesn’t mean a perfect team.
Your body can have a bad cold, flu or bacterial infection and still be perfectly healthy. You can have a cut or a pulled muscle and still be in good health. The condition temporarily affects how you function, but you are still healthy.
Your healthy body goes to work to restore the condition.
If you ignore the health condition, it can get worse. If multiple issues arise, what was a simple cold or flu can become a complicated health risk, and your body may function poorly.
Your staff team is very similar. A healthy staff can handle difficulties, recognize problems and solve them. It has built-in systems to restore the condition back to health.
It’s possible to get overloaded if too many things happen all in the same season, but you can still regain maximum health (functionality), it just takes longer.
Symptoms of health look like this:
What is the state of your team’s health? Excellent? Good? Average? Poor?
Whatever the condition, this process will help you gain full health as a team.
5 Steps to Restore Health:
1) Don’t ignore the current condition.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s not smart to ignore it. Right? The same is true for your staff.