Travelling with staff can make or break your team

Travelling with staff can make or break your team

For the past week I have been in Sydney with two of my colleagues. It is an away trip for all of us, as we embark on working in one of our most central offices. Travelling with colleagues can be testing, just like any relationship. There is no truer saying than "it can make or break you".

I have to say I was hesitant about bringing two of our team members to Sydney for the week, that haven't worked closely together, to work on a project. The reason was simple; they have distinctively different personalities. One is a happy, go lucky, incredibly loyal individual who treats the business as if it is his own, and the other is a newer member of the team that hasn't been exposed to all areas of our business, and is relatively reserved. The latter, we have only had glimpses of his personality, and really hadn't had the opportunity to get to know him.

The happy go lucky member of the team has spent a lot of time with me both in the office and on the road. We know how to roll and never have a tense moment. It's quite a fortunate relationship because he supports everything I do and makes my life easier. I can trust him. In return, I give him lots of training and development and nurture his interests in the business, giving him a great perspective of all areas of operations.

The new kid on the block has shown incredible aptitude for business, and he literally is a human encyclopedia. His memory is amazing and ability to write marketing strategies, one of the most impressive I have seen in years.

This is like a "human" experiment, on the road with Marketing Eye.

There are a number of things I have learned:

  • It takes a day or two for all parties to understand the lay of the land
  • When you are newer to the team you hesitate
  • When you have been around for a while, you make fast decisions
  • Being thrown in the deep end shows you how good of a swimmer the people on your team are
  • Working as a team is easy once you know the goal
  • Being away from home means you actually have to work harder and usually the hours are a lot longer, which can be testing (but not in this case)
  • If you pick the right personalities, the trip can break down all barriers and all of a sudden you become a team within a team
  • What people choose to eat and drink says a lot about their personalities
  • When the going gets tough, you know you have the right team behind you when they all put their hand up and make whatever challenge in front of you go away, and turn it into an opportunity
  • You see you've succeeded in bringing the right team when all of a sudden you realise that they are now "friends" and not just colleagues
  • They succeed when you let them succeed. Holding people back is the biggest mistake many employers make

This trip has been incredible. I am thrilled with the outcome. We are all closer and luckily for us there have been no personality issues or hiccups. Every single minute of the day, we have been a team, and done everything together. They each took on leadership roles and included others at every opportunity. They became very responsible and I could trust that whatever was happening would be sorted. Both showed initiative all the time, and took the reigns, ensuring my life was as easy as possible so I could focus on the business at hand.

Basically, nothing went wrong. I got to know two people even better and I have subconsciously facilitated a new friendship and team spirit, that is going to make the many months that I am away from the offices in which they are located much more productive. I know they each have my back and I am their biggest supporter. 

During the trip, the newer team member got to know me. They know how passionate I am about fostering an environment where people follow their dreams. 

And... the inside jokes... well... priceless (but they cannot be disclosed I am sorry!).


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comments ( 6 )
  • Maud Garcia
    Maud Garcia
    17 Jul 2018

    Agreed! Diversity is enriching! A lot of different flowers make a bouquet!
    Its necessary to take time to get to know your colleagues to create Synergy!

  • Tom D
    Tom D
    09 Jul 2018

    You can tell a lot about people by how they dress as well, as I can say with just about 100% certainty which of the two colleagues is happy-go-lucky. Creating deep bonds in employer-employee relationships is vital for business culture, and in turn production. Even detailing a personal journey such as this publically will foster workers and allow deeper connections to be made.

  • Megan
    09 Jul 2018

    Seems like the new employee passed the relationship test with flying colours and it's safe to say he can make it LinkedIn official.

  • Tom
    06 Jul 2018

    The beautiful thing about being in a team is that different people bring different attributes to the team. I believe teams are most effective when the members of the team actually have a genuine friendship. It is like a sporting team that has good chemistry. A good leader however is needed to lead the team.

  • Rachel
    05 Jul 2018

    All workers wanted to have a team of good colleagues and a comfortable working environment. But is it easy to achieve? The answer is: NO. All of us are with different personality and time is needed to work well with colleagues. People always say it is difficult to keep a friendship after a trip, so do team travel. Travel with teammates is a hard task and if no problem exist, team atmosphere will raise. Therefore, try to be friend with your teammates.

  • Cherry
    05 Jul 2018

    Having a good colleague is difficult. When you work, you may easily have conflicts and argue with each other, or the personality of each other is totally different. However, it is good that we can build a good relationship with colleague and go to travel together. This can have the opportunity to know more about each other and support each other on works.