Regularly put your finger on the pulse of your team using a pulse check to measure the team’s state of mind.
Pulse checks are often used as a barometer of the team’s mood in the company, and the results can provide information about necessary measures to strengthen team cohesion. This questionnaire-based measure can easily be broken down into a team and adapted as a team development measure, especially when dealing with new groups or new team members you want to integrate.
Weekly Pulse Check
– From the beginning, the new team should get used to the fact that the staff members address personal issues that strain the cooperation very quickly to be able to work as friction-free as possible.
– The manager also wants to be as close to the team as possible so that they can react quickly if difficulties arise. The team should learn how to deal with conflict and strengthen their cooperation.
Build a 15-minute “pulse check” into a weekly jour fixe. This has three questions and is used every time. The three questions are:
1. What am I proud of that happened last week?
2. What have I been furious about?
3. What open issues do I have to clarify with whom in the team?
Experience shows that teams need some time after the introduction of the Pulse Check until the Pulse Check is really established in the meeting structure. This can also take two months (so: take your time and be patient). After this settling-in period, the team will not want to do without it.
This regular pulse check promotes trust among the team members, allows conflicts to be recognised and counteracted early, and ensures long-term cohesion and friction-free cooperation in the team.
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