Team building and boosting morale
Honest conversations can make a huge difference to staff morale.
This was shown at a recent team building residential for the staff of Staying Put, a domestic violence charity based in the north of England.
The charity supports women, men and children who are survivors of domestic abuse; raises public awareness and campaigns to end violence against women and girls and inter-personal violence against men; and works to influence laws, policy and practice.
Oasis School of Human Relations partnered with The Priory Barn & Cottages and Taste Cuisine to sponsor the residential for the charity.
Sheila Bradbrook, Head of Executive Development at Oasis, organised the residential. The Priory, based near Wetherby, West Yorkshire, provided the venue and accommodation, and Taste Cuisine, of Thorp Arch, West Yorkshire, supplied food for the 1.5 days residential.
Oasis associate Jane Senior designed a programme to enhance team development and working relationships to ensure that service users would benefit in the future.
Key activities included creating a timeline to better understand the rationale behind decision making, group work and role plays to work through situations that service users find themselves in.
These led to honest conversations, building trust and morale.
Yasmin Khan, Director of Staying Put, said: “We had quite a few challenges, including low morale and lack of trust. I am delighted to inform you that with your help we have overcome our challenges as a team. Since we have returned from the residential staff morale is excellent, not seen it this good for some time, teamwork is brilliant and our clients are getting the best care possible.
“I know this would not have been possible without the exceptional facilitation and leadership, in particular Jane who used an open and honest approach to bring out any challenging issues. We look forward to having our next year’s residential to ensure we continue our open and honest dialogue.”
She said that the facilitation of honest conversations had allowed the team to come a long way since the residential.
“The event has really helped our team to move forward. I now have a motivated leadership and staff team and we are growing from strength to strength. You have had such a positive impact on us by giving us an opportunity to work together but also spend quality time together.”