It’s the Little Things

Team dysfuncWelcome Signtion is rampant and it creates a boatload of work for everyone. Doing little things consistently to assure your staff they are valued (assuming they are!) and to demonstrate the culture you desire can go a long way towards changing the dynamic and tone of your team.

Consider this sign that welcomed a new staffer, Marisol, on her first day. She was thrilled, it reinforced her decision to come on board, and staffers knew to seek her out to introduce themselves. And it cost what, $20?

Assign someone on your team to routinize activities for things like welcoming new staffers, celebrating and communicating promotions and departures, and creating holiday celebrations. Make sure there is backup if that person leaves. Regardless of how crazy work gets, try to make at least a cameo appearance at team events to show your buy-in.

Let’s not make work harder than it has to be.

Amanda Mitchell is an executive coach and strategist specializing in helping senior executives deal with disruptive drama within their teams. An advertising agency veteran, she experienced first-hand the business implications of corporate drama both with her Fortune 500 clients and within the Manhattan ad agency she led. She founded Our Corporate Life ( to help executives solve the problems no one wants to deal with. She has been published in Bloomberg Businessweek, and quoted in Fast Company,, and She lives in New Jersey with her family.

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