Window of Opportunity by Micky Calcott
by Micky Calcott
May 17th, 2017

Different Shirts, the Same Team …

We recently took part in a fundraising event here at The Window Film Company HQ. It was a simple premise, colleagues made a donation to a cancer charity (the Bobby Moore Fund –named after England’s world cup winning captain) in exchange for wearing the shirt of their favorite football team to work for the day. 

There were a whole host of different clubs on display, with an incredible variation of clubs represented. It was a great sight, and it was pleasing to note that everyone that was on the premises that day took part. What struck me about that particular day was that despite all being dressed in a different clubs colors, we all felt part of the same strong and committed team.

Over the years we’ve worked hard to build an atmosphere and environment that recognizes the importance of teamwork. As with most businesses, our operation relies on a number of different processes and different moving parts. For us to deliver the service our customers expect, everyone needs to do their bit, everyone needs to deliver. Without a solid team, we can’t function.

Creating this environment and belief doesn’t happen overnight; it requires patience, effort and investment. A successful team needs to believe in each other, believe in the purpose and understand their value to each other and the business. Here at The Window Film Company, we’ve achieved this in a number of ways.

It’s vital that everyone understands their role and responsibilities. This may sound obvious, but taking the time to work closely with colleagues and to understand how they are feeling, progressing and performing is a supremely important first step. Not only does it ensure that colleagues are fully aware of what is expected and required of them, but it also provides an opportunity for identifying training needs and development paths.

Surroundings play an important part in generating the right atmosphere and we’ve worked hard to make sure that our premises are comfortable, spacious, bright and vibrant. The walls feature printed graphics that were chosen after consultation with staff, including fantastic artwork created by a local designer. We’ve invested in adjustable desks and ergonomically-advanced chairs to make sure that the team can always work in comfort. We have a spacious breakout room where colleagues can enjoy their lunch hour or a cup of tea. The décor, the equipment, the premises – in isolation these may seem like fairly mundane or basic projects, but when combined, they serve to show a commitment to the team, their comfort and their well-being.

Finally, to really be a team, it’s important to act like a team. That’s why we organize regular social events, take part in charity events and generally look for ways in which we can do things together. It may sound like a cliché, but it’s amazing what a good night out can do for morale.

Owning a business can be difficult. There are a million and one things to do and think about and there is never enough time to get them done. However, as I saw my colleagues arrive in their football kits that day, I was grateful that we’ve always found a way to value and develop our people. We may have been wearing different colors that day, but we’re all on the same team.

Until next time… toodle-pip

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