Fostering a collaborative and positive work environment; mentoring and coaching other nurses
What is it?
Creating a positive Team Climate means that management acknowledges the contributions of others and encourages others to speak up and share their observations. It is a group effort to emphasize that each person has unique strengths and ideas to bring to the team. Properly coaching and mentoring new employees is also an essential part of creating a positive Team Climate.
Why is it important?
In healthcare professions as well as our personal lives, we will likely be expected to work in a team or collaborative with others. In comparison with organizations whose Team Climate is low, a more effective team environment shows an increase in motivation and more successful collaboration. Positive Team Climate fosters mutual support within a team, strength in difficult times, and a willingness to share workload. These positive dynamics are all necessary for a sustainable and productive work environment. Within a team, mutual reliability minimizes staff burnout and often increases patient safety. While you may enjoy and appreciate an amiable team climate, your patients rely on your ability to work together.
- Create a Shared Vision
First, remind the team where it is going and why it exists. The best team leaders constantly remind the team of its purpose. Vision statements, inspirational stories, and explicit statements about standards and expectations build and reinforce a clear vision so that it can be shared and embraced by all. Having experienced nurses mentor and guide new employees is also an effective way to consolidate a team.
- Acknowledge Small Wins
Second, regularly acknowledge individual contributions, and celebrate team successes – even small ones. The fast-paced and stressful world of healthcare places extreme burdens on individuals and teams. A simple comment of “good work today team” can go a long way toward encouraging hearts, building commitment and promoting team dynamics.
- Stimulate Conversation
Finally, stimulate discussion. Remember that employees are often afraid to disagree with one another and that this fear can lead your team to make mediocre decisions. When you encourage debate and discussion in a way that is respectful and productive, you inspire creativity and spur the team on to better results and continuous improvement.