Lessons from movemeon: a few changes that boosted team happiness

Lessons from movemeon: a few changes that boosted team happiness

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Summary

As we begin a new quarter, we look back at some of the ways we have boosted team happiness at movemeon.

As we begin a new quarter, we look back at some of the ways we have boosted team happiness at movemeon

Away weeks

We’ve recently returned from 2018’s movemeon away week. There are a number of benefits to away weeks as a team. Firstly, it allows the team to enjoy non-working team time resulting in us becoming better as a team. We lived together for a week and took it in turns to cook dinner. This allowed us to build stronger friendships which in turn helped with communication, which is extremely important in any business. Away weeks are also a time to stop and reflect on the past few months and the achievements of the team and celebrate these achievements. Getting out of the office in general and changing your work environment also allows for better productivity and new perspectives. Click here to read about our previous away week to Brittany.

Time spent together outside of work

In a similar vein as the company away trips, spending time as a team outside of work can be extremely beneficial. A few things we do as a team include staying in the office after work on a Thursday and spending some time together over snacks and drinks. We also have monthly team events and schedule monthly team lunches. This gives us a chance to develop deeper bonds and trust, which in turn helps us to work hard for each other and to reach our common goals. It also creates a great team environment where everyone wants each other to succeed.

Knowing our working styles

We created a simple document that summarises a few key points about our work style preferences. This included, how we liked to receive feedback, what impacts our working style, and what energises us. By gathering the answers to these questions, we are able to communicate better as a team and understand why we work the way we do. It encourages transparency trust, in particular in relation to feedback. Everyone takes feedback differently, and by every team member receiving feedback in a way that they prefer, will make it more likely to lead to better productivity/results.

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