Leadership

9 Team-Building Tips for More Engaged and Productive Employees

Recruitment, engagement and retention advice from the women of the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100

Written by PROFIT Staff

You’re only as good as your people. But no matter how many times you’ve heard this business truism—or said it—hiring, managing and holding on to the right employees can be challenging.

The women on the 2015 PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 Ranking of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs run some of the country’s most successful businesses. The smart HR strategies employed by these businesswomen have allowed them to build profitable, growing companies and rise to the top of their respective sectors.

Here are nine team-building tips covering employee recruitment, engagement and retention from Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs.

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“By far the best thing we have ever done was allow our team to come up with their own titles. This helped cultivate authentic and genuine interactions between our employees and our guests (“Why are you called The Ferry Godmother?!”) as well as empowering our team to have fun and to let their true personalities shine through.”
—Mandy Farmer (No. 26), Accents Inns & Hotel Zed, Victoria

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“We instituted a competitive and fun House League, designed to form teams comprised of staff who do not typically work together, to see what other skills they may have to offer and how well different people may work as a counter-intuitive group. The league fosters knowledge and skills-sharing, as well as new social ties across diffuse seniority levels, professions, and demographic groups.”
—Viive Tamm (No. 100), Tamm+Kit, Toronto

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“Prizm Media provides opportunities for professional development with BCTIA workshops and webinars, and by offering external course bursaries to ensure that they are receiving the information and education necessary to further their careers.”
—Karina Hayat (No. 9), Prizm Media Inc., Concord, Ont.

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“The UK team all have young children, so we opened an office in the town where most of the team are located and installed indoor and outdoor play equipment so that they could bring their children to work during school holidays.”
—Christine Stanschus (No. 66), Little Kickers Group, Toronto

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“Within our company we have small working committees created to boost our team spirit and build bridges within the organization and with the community.”
—Mary Beth Denomy (No. 16), Free For All Marketing, Toronto

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“At the completion of five years of service, and again at eight years of services, employees are provided a travel voucher of $3,200 to take themselves and their family on a vacation anywhere in the world.”
—Corrin Harper (No. 89), Insightrix Research, Saskatoon

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“In terms of organized labour, which involves the majority of employees, we have developed labour strategies aimed at forging stronger working relationships with the various unions with whom we work. This involves regular town halls and other win-win strategies. We currently deal with some 30 different union groups throughout our company.”
—Madeleine Paquin (No. 10), Logistec Corporation, Montreal

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“We have adopted the Penguin Award from Staples, which rewards the risk takers in the organization for doing the right thing, even if it costs us money or adds hours to a project.”
—Sue Bennett (No. 19), Bennett Design Associates, Uxbridge, Ont.

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“We have always sworn we would not build our business on the backs of cheap labor. As a result, we have happy well-adjusted people working for us. Our open-door hiring policy means we employ many people who are not easy to hire otherwise: all genders, all looks, all sizes, all creeds, all colours. They mirror and reflect our customer base.”
—Ruth Tal (No. 22), Fresh Restaurants, Toronto

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Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com