It is said that each person will have seven different jobs in their lifetime. How many will be with your company? In this series of blog posts, we’ll discuss what it takes to develop a high-performing team and foster a culture of innovation that leads to producing great products for your customers.

Every great business needs great employees to support it. But how do you find those employees and attract them to come and work for you? And more importantly, how do you make sure that they’ll be a good fit for your culture and mesh well with others on the team? The answer lies in five key elements of team development; the end result is an engaged and productive workforce.

  1. Attracting and Retaining Talent – To get the best employees, you have to have the best recruitment programs in place. In a future blog post, we’ll discuss how to build a culture that attracts the most talented workers. Aside from that, attracting talent requires taking rigorous steps to tell your story to potential employees and communicate your vision.
  2. Career Development – Once you have the right players on the team, it’s crucial to keep them engaged and producing at a high level. The best way to accomplish this is by providing regular development opportunities. Continuously monitoring performance and having an open dialogue about employees’ career paths can help managers know what to provide.
  3. Recognition and Rewards – Sometimes the little daily successes get overlooked, but it’s important to celebrate those big wins with employee recognition. Any size reward – from a gift card to extra time off – is noticed and appreciated.
  4. Company Reputation – It’s also important to think about how people found your company in the first place. This speaks to your reputation in the community and online. Having an up-to-date website, newsroom and careers page are key to projecting an image of a company that people want to work for.
  5. Community Involvement – The communities in which we operate are our lifeblood, and it’s crucial to give back to them. The size of the activity – from a monetary donation to a weekend park clean-up project – doesn’t matter; the impact is still felt nonetheless.