Relationship Building with Teams

From sharing a common goal, common tasks to sharing a rapport of working together, a few jokes here and there, sometimes teasing a team member… all this and more goes on when teams are formed. Some members would like to keep the relationship very professional where as some others would like to meet after the office hours for a couple of drinks.

Managing the relationship sometimes gets tough for the managers, and they encounter various problems sometimes to such an extent that the coalition disrupts to the level of beyond revamp.

What can be done by Managers to create magical teams where the problems can be resolved before they erupt? How can it be handled in a way that the team does not plummet?

Emotional Intelligence-EQ: Yes, it has been a very popular topic of discussion in the recent years, but alas the patience level of our people in the organizations is taking a plunge and from destructive feedback, to hurling abuses, to less ratings we are doing all of it just to pull each other down. Where is the empathy factor? Bring it back, empathize with your team members and once the relationship starts to develop you will see the results.

Trust: Instill that confidence in them every time they are seeking any guidance on new projects, or experimenting with the ideas. As a manager your role is focused on the objectives of the team and how to accomplish them, for that building a sense of trust in each member is suggested. Give them constructive feedback, let them be involved in decision making and nurture them as family members at times. Investing time and effort to guide them will bring back desired results.

Recognition: Although recognition brings trust still we will discuss it as a separate point, make them feel good, praise them, review their performances, and say good things and the ball is in your court then. The team will reach the destination without many hurdles of relationship related issues. The confident team can bring better results than the stressed team; choice is yours! Which one would you want to choose?

Manager’s perception: Please understand this; your perception is not necessarily a reality, so do not bring in stereotypical thinking in between the relationship with your team. Do not perceive, as people may not like to be handled in a particular way. Individuals are unique and so are their problems and solutions.

Resolve their conflicts: Take them and their problems seriously, if some one comes with a conflict do not hesitate to ask questions, do not avoid thinking that it may get resolved on its own, sometimes smaller problems take time to get resolved as unique people carry different emotional baggages and their perceptions do not give them a chance to resolve those problems as they may have encountered a similar thing in the past and their beliefs are set. Identify the root of the issue without wasting any time and effort, just deal with the conflict with your maturity and experience.

Apart from these suggestions, managers can involve various team building and relationship building activities during work hours; it will not only help in creating a better team culture but also break the monotony of the work/project. The leader’s job is to bring creativity amongst the team members and make their relationship as healthy as possible to reach to the desired goals.

Some activities which can be used for relationship building are:

Trust walks: Make pairs in a team, and then one member can go blindfolded and the other partner can guide him/her without speaking, to the other end of the room with lots of hurdles(read objects like chair, dustbin etc). It makes it fun as well as creates a sense of trust amongst the team members.

Tell me a truth and a lie: Ask all the team members to write a truth and a lie about themselves on a piece of paper and ask others to guess which one is a lie and which one is a truth.

Jigsaw Puzzle: Divide the team in to two groups and give them a jigsaw puzzle to solve. The way they communicate, and work towards solving the given task, will reflect in their real life project.

  • ARSofi

    If the individual is elder than you (Manager), then the problem may be multiplied.

  • SANJAY_J20

    Very Nice

  • Deep Shandilyaa

    Nice peace of suggestion, it will help me to recall my past decision and the impact. As we all are occupied with loads of burden in our day to day life these article works like a refreshment and put a check on our steps.
    Keep on posting..Thanks

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    yeah, the level of thinking and acceptance then differ. But sometimes an elderly manager is far more mature and understanding then the young ones…it has its own pros and cons…

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    thanks Sanjay…

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thank you Deep….we all learn from past decisions and mistakes…we try our best to share best practices we have seen/ or worked on and it makes me content when people appreciate our efforts…

    Thanks again..keep reading..keep sharing…

  • Satish Kunwar

    Wow really good article , I am sure I will benifit from this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thank you to you Mr. Satish for time and effort in reading the article.

    The comments are like fresh air and keep us motivating….keep reading and keep sharing…:)

  • Deepthi1718

    very informative

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Deepthi…..:)

  • Kannanr

    Hi Deepthi,

    Its a good article. Thanks


    Kannan R

  • Binoy

    Realy its very useful……….!!! thanks a lottt

  • Kanchana

    Hi Archana
    Its a rel good article. Keep sharing.

  • Ajsbhangu

    Archana ji, your article was very true to the reality and very timely for me in particular as I am in a contflict with my GM HR on this very issue. He likes to live like a Policeman whereas I like to play the role of a parent with the workers and subordinate staff. I am going to show this article to him. Write some more lines if you can regarding this topic. Amarjeet Singh. DGM hr

  • Shankar Selvaraj

    Nice article Archana… I used to say my managers to behave like a real leader with their team members not like a blind boss! Your article elaborates it. Thanks a lot. Keep posting more!

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Binoy….:)

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thank you Kanchana…keep reading and we will keep sharing…:)

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Mr. Amarjeet…I’m really delighted if this write up can be of any use to initiate changes…i cannot ask for more.
    I will surely write on nurturing of human capital…..
    Please do share the experience once your GM reads this article…:)
    Look forward for it…
    Thank you.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Shankar…

    such comments make my day…and really motivates us to write more….do share your experience with your managers are changing themselves….it will benefit us all…

  • Anonymous

    Hi Archana ji

    Good evening,

    Itz a realy very nice article. Keep it sharing with me and with all of us

    Thank u


  • Pbpatel

    Thanks and very good article , very usefull , enjoy with team work

    pankaj patel

  • Manjugarani

    Hi Archana ji

    Good evening,

    Itz a realy very nice article. Keep it sharing with me and with all of us

    Thanku you

  • Shashi

    Hi Archana,

    Its really good, thanks for sharing your thoughts.


  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    thanks Shashi. for the appreciation….:)

    Keep sharing

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Manju…

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Pankaj…

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Thanks Deepuhrd…

  • Diwakar_ranjana

    hi archana its really good and usefull…………. i tried it at my office and u know it really worked
    thanks for sharing it
    Ranjana Diwakar

  • Ashok kumar

    Hi, Archana this tips applied in our office and it delivered a good result, always keep sharing valuable tips

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi ranjana,

    I’m happy all these suggestions could be of use to you all. Please share some experiences as in how did they benefit you and your team.

  • Archna Khurana Sharma

    Hi Ashok,

    Great…the write up is successful once it helps members in this way. Please do share your experiences with us so that other members can learn from that.

    Keep sharing!!

  • Anilsharma Abm

    How we can get successes in studing phase with high work load?

  • Anilsharma Abm

    Plz send me good article related to HRM

  • Anil Jadhav

    Good morning Archana Madam,
    How R. U.? I am Anil Jadhav from Emmellen Biotech (EBPL), Mahad.  I like your articals.  Pls. send more articals about HRD.
    Anil Jadhav