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6 Ways to encourage adaptability in your team

In just a few short months, the world of work has undergone significant change. Teams have started operating remotely and have had to adapt to the changing requirements of their customers and employees. In today’s world, major disruption can occur in the space of a couple of hours. As a result, you need a team that is open, adaptable, and prepared to change plans and update processes at short notice.

Although adaptability is not a new requirement, it also will become more key over the coming months. With that in mind, we have put together a few tips to help encourage adaptability in your teams going forward.

1. Be a role model

If you want to see your team become more adaptable, you need to start by modelling the behaviour yourself. To achieve this:
– Be receptive to new ideas
– View challenges as opportunities for progression
– Respond positively when plans change
– Learn new skills
– Bounce back quickly after things go wrong

2. Establish a clear, common objective

Prepare your team by communicating the objectives and what you expect from them. Ensure your team keeps these expectations at the forefront of their mind. All ideas and solutions should line up with these expectations.

3. Embrace innovation

During times of significant change, innovation and creativity are key to success. Help your staff understand the problem to be addressed and encourage them to work towards solutions. Be clear that failure is part of this process and that’s OK. Employees need to feel comfortable pitching ideas without fear of criticism.

4. Collaborate

Encouraging your team to collaborate allows them to share knowledge, support each other and ask questions. In such environments, knowledge is pooled together and this often sparks new ideas, helping teams become more responsive to change.

5. Experiment

In non-critical areas of the business, give your team the freedom to experiment and learn from their consequences. This removes fear from the process by making it clear that any mistakes are a learning opportunity.

6. Encourage upskilling

Employees who regularly push themselves by developing new skills are likely to respond better in unusual situations. During times of change, such people will seek out the necessary tools required to help them develop and adapt. Encouraging your team to regularly upskill, empowers them to keep progressing in their career as well as helping them to adapt quickly.

Creating a team that can adapt to changing priorities quickly can be the difference between success and failure. By implementing the suggestions above, you can create a team capable of adapting to changing business needs, to help your organisation thrive, regardless of what the world throws your way!