Building a Healthy Team Culture
By iNSPIRE Sport
Sporting culture has been a recurring topic in the media recently with stories of exploitation and poor treatment of athletes. A consistent point of discussion is what organisations can do better moving forward. However, this blog discusses things athletes can do internally amongst their group that contribute to building a healthy team culture. Below is a list of tips to help establish a constructive and positive environment that allows you and your team to be the best.
Team bonding activities
Allowing time for activities that encourage team bonding is crucial in facilitating teamwork. While teamwork in training is necessary, you and your teammates should get to know each other on a personal level. These activities can include team bonding days, games and workshops – or simply socialising with your group outside of training! 30 team building activities can be found here.
Define the team’s collective goals and values
As soon as you have decided that there needs to be a healthier team culture, you need to define COLLECTIVE goals and values. These must be created together so every single team member is content with them. Sit down with your team and write down the areas that you can improve on and the appropriate plans to fix them! Here is one of our earlier blogs that discusses the importance of building habits.
You can also develop and implement responsibilities amongst all team members – nominating team captains/leaders is a great idea. This allows a safe space and a person you can feel comfortable communicating with if something is wrong – then that team captain can talk to the coaches or support staff about the concerns being brought up. Communication is key.
Positive relationships and reinforcement
Try to avoid all negative reinforcement. Try not to tell other teammates what they are doing wrong, rather encourage what they are doing well! Remember that you are there to support your team on their athletic journey – not to dictate. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Understanding that every athlete is a different person that comes from a distinctive background will dramatically shift the culture – no two people are the same. Each athlete has a unique contribution to the team in terms of abilities and personality. Embrace each other’s quirks and personality traits.
You can find more tips like these on the iNSPIRE Sport app – see for yourself via the links below.