Team Building

By Stephen L. Burger, CPM, CRX, CRM

Here’s a surprise. This blog is not about property management. Neither is it about real estate. But it does focus on a critical part of business, no matter the industry.

Team building is a key, but highly inexact, concept within the realm of business leadership. For obvious reasons, books and papers on the subject speak in generalities and can never address the personal situation of a particular office environment, and therefore, almost by definition, they fall short.

We at EBMC are major advocates of team building, so this blog is meant simply to offer one specific strategy to ensure the engagement of our staff. It may not work for everybody, but it works for us.

If you’ve been keeping up with our news pages (and if not, why not?) you would have read about our recently completed eight-week wellness challenge.

Hosted by Anew Leaf Physique’s Danielle Fitchett, the program involved a lot of walking and various challenges to our traditional approaches to meals. It was a highly interactive program and one that was enjoyed by all participants, many of whom plan to adjust their thinking about exercise and nutrition. If that were the only benefit of the program, it would have been well worth it.

But it actually did more. It brought the people of EBMC closer on a different plane than would be the case through our normal workaday experiences. Comparing progress in the challenge, sharing family photos on Facebook, all introduced another dimension to the people we work with side-by-side every day.

This opens the opportunity to see each other in a new and more complete light and in doing so opens the door to more understanding and respect. That serves every individual employee of EBMC, and it serves the company as well, by building a stronger team awareness.

This was a fun, different and exciting way to bring our people together. What is it in your operation? A weekend retreat? A company picnic? A day of fishing? It really doesn’t matter. Whatever it may be, we urge all managers, no matter the line of work, to think outside the confines of the office to rally your people around a social event.

They will thank you.And the culture of your business will be greatly rewarded.

Steve Burger, President

As president and COO of Eugene Burger Management Co., Steve Burger is directly responsible for the overall quality, depth and consistency of management services provided in all 15 regions in the EBMC coverage map.

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