31 May

3 Top-Choice Gifts To Add To Your Swag Bags

Posted in Promotional Products on 31.05.16 by John Meloche

G466-1024x1269In yesterday’s blog, we introduced the concept of the “swag bag” and insisted that business owners strongly consider giving them out at their corporate events this summer. Swag bags often contain an array of corporate gifts that event attendees can find useful. It’s wise to not only offer swag bags at your events, but to offer your company’s promotional gifts to swag bags given out by other companies.

But what are the best types of gifts to add to swag bags? Here are three top-choice ideas:

1. USB Car Chargers. Some may argue that this gift is one that has become so popular in today’s digital-crazed world, that it isn’t bound to set you apart from other companies who give them out. Here’s the bottom line though: people use USB chargers. With all of the wireless devices used these days, there will always be times when they will need to have their batteries charged. Using a car charger with your company logo on it certainly can’t be a bad thing.

CorporateSpecialities.com admits that such gifts help to create highly sought-after digital swag bags. “Digital swag bags are hot for both tech companies and those who want to have a presence in the digital space,” says the site, “The only drawback: Digital swag doesn’t have the same staying power as traditional branded merchandise. So instead of going completely electronic, support your digital swag with tangible gifts that direct recipients back online.”

2. Alcohol Breathalyzers. If you ask us, alcohol breathalyzers go under the “unique” and “different” categories. Especially when there alcohol is being served at your event, it’s a good idea to send the message that people should drink responsibly. CorporateSpecialties.com agrees that it is certainly worthwhile to offer your event attendees gifts that can be considered “newsworthy”.

“While most swag bags aren’t likely to make headlines like those given at Oscars, the key for your gift bags is to design them with unique items,” reads the website, “Products that will create buzz with recipients. Something they haven’t seen before. Perhaps even something they may not splurge on for themselves but would really love to have. Or maybe it’s something fun that gets the entire group of attendees involved.”

3. Lanyard Calculators. These are just awesome because they are lightweight, easy to carry around in your pockets and extremely handy. Calculators come in handy for all types of businesspeople. After all, adding up money is what all businesses have in common – or so you would hope! Lanyard calculators will especially impress those who work in office environments. Honestly, it’s hard to go wrong with desktop gifts!

CorporateSpecialities.com agrees that desktop gifts are worthwhile additions to swag bags for all business types. “Desktop real estate isn’t easy to acquire, so if you want your brand to stand out in this coveted space, you better make the products both useful and unique,” reports the site, “Colour is one way to stand out. Also look for collections so you can add pieces over time in a continuity program.”

To place your order for the promo gifts for your next party’s swag bags, please call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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30 May

The Importance Of Giving Away Swag Bags At Corporate Events

Posted in Promotional Products on 30.05.16 by John Meloche

Giving A Gift At A Birthday Party“That’s a really cool water bottle. Where did you get it?” This is a question that you want people asking attendees of your corporate events all summer long. When companies host events – whether they are barbeques, company picnics or even award ceremonies – it is commonplace for them to hand out “swag bags” to attendees when the event is over. That way, people have something tangible to remember the event by.

What is predominantly found in “swag bags”? You guessed it! Promotional products of all sorts are generally part of what makes up the bags of giveaways that people get at corporate events. The gifts, as you are likely aware, are meant to thank those who took the time to be in attendance. Of course, they are also meant to keep the event sponsors on the minds of the swag bag recipients.

If you are throwing any events this summer – and you should! – an important step of planning your party, dinner or award ceremony will be to create swag bags that you can give away at the end of the night. Now remember, the promotional gifts that represent your business should reflect the high quality and strong reputation of your brand. The gifts themselves must be useful and of high quality in order to convey positive messages about your business.

What types of gifts should be placed in swag bags? Well, we began today’s blog by alluding to the water bottle as an ideal swag bag gift for the summer. Who couldn’t use a classy new water bottle during the warmest months of the year? Of course, it’s wise to select gifts that are in keeping with your business and the type of people who are likely to support it. But as Erin Bury points out on Mashable.com, you always want to give gifts that people can actually use.

“Put yourself in the position of the conference attendee,” she advises those who plan on hosting such events, “Would you pick up that item if you walked by that booth? If the item was in a big swag bag, would it catch your attention, or would you throw it away without thinking twice? Chances are if you wouldn’t use it, neither would anyone else. Also, make sure it’s something people don’t have 10 of already.”

So what types of gifts to people really want? Again, this is why it’s important to consider your audience. Do the people attending your parties predominantly work in office settings? If so, gifts such as letter openers, retractable mouse pads and note pads would be good ideas. We offer these and many other great Desktop items that would make excellent additions to your swag bags. The bottom line is making sure you provide worthwhile gifts that keep their recipients in mind.

Understanding the interests of your event guests will help to make your swag bags all the more worthwhile. “Swag can be a great way to get your brand’s message out there and start some conversations about your company,” says Bury, “But you don’t want your company’s marketing treasure to be someone else’s trash. Take the time to think about what you’d actually want from a conference, and try to create items that reflect that.”

To place your order for the promo gifts for your next party’s swag bags, please call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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27 May

4 Ways To Help Your Struggling Team Get Out Of Its Funk

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 27.05.16 by John Meloche

Teamwork and team spirit - Hands piled on top of one another with a multi-ethnic group in the backgroundIn yesterday’s blog, we returned our focus to our beloved Toronto Raptors. Well, to be more specific, we revisited the topic of helping your team improve its performance when it is struggling. And saying that the Raptors struggled in their last game would be putting it mildly. Here’s hoping, on behalf of the entire country, that the Raptors have a much better performance in Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals tonight at Air Canada Centre.

As we’re prone to do, here at Synergy Marketing, we liken the ups and downs of pro sports teams with the successes and missteps of Canadian businesses. Just like coaches, team leaders, office managers, supervisors and the like are all required to find ways to inspire their teams to improve upon their performances when they are struggling on the job. So what are the best ways to help your struggling team get out of its funk?

Here are four ways:

1. Remove obstacles that may be impeding performance. Is there any unnecessary red tape in the way of your staff members performing at their best? “You are often in a position to help remove unnecessary obstacles to your team’s effectiveness,” reminds David M. Dye on TrailBlazeInc.com, “When you have motivated team members who are trying to make a difference, getting needless frustrations out of their way can make you a candidate for manager of the year.”

2. Implement one-on-one coaching. There will always be opportunities to help your company’s productivity by holding meetings and providing information that will benefit the team at large. However, you should never underestimate the power of one-on-one coaching. Sitting down with various members of your team in order to pinpoint each of their specific needs and opportunities to improve will vastly help performance overall.

It’s important, however, to dig a bit deeper into each individual situation. Learn about your reps and find out the unique and specific ways that each of them could benefit from your assistance. According to Tim Donnelly on Inc.com, too many managers fall back on something called “spreadsheet coaching”. This is “where the focus is on whether the sales staff is hitting its numbers. Instead, you should be working closely with the individual sales representatives to understand the context of the problems.”

3. Help your staff members to help themselves. It’s always important to provide feedback, tips and advice to the members of your team who need it. Being able to depend on your assistance will give them greater confidence in asking for help when they are struggling. However, you can’t do their jobs for them. Giving your team members the tools to fix their own problems will give you a stronger team. Encourage them to be self-reliant.

“I spent too many leadership years giving people answers to their questions or solving problems for them,” admits Dye, “It felt good to be needed and it was easy…but it was NOT helpful. One of your most important leadership coaching tasks is to help your team members learn how to think about their challenges.” He encourages team leaders to ask their staff members specific questions so that they can help to devise solutions on their own.

4. Reward standout performances. In the midst of your struggling team, there are bound to be members who have performed well. Don’t forget to acknowledge their achievements and reward them for it. In many cases, team leaders and managers offer gifts by way of promotional products to reward members of their team. At Synergy Marketing, we proudly offer the best promotional products in the business!

To place your order for the promo gift of your choice, call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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26 May

How To Help Your Struggling Team Perform Better

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 26.05.16 by John Meloche

Handsome man pointing his finger to youWhat an utterly dismal performance. There aren’t many other ways to describe the Toronto Raptors game last night as they lost 116-78 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Many pundits were expecting the Raps to lose, given that they haven’t won a game in Cleveland all season. However, as Cathal Kelly writes in The Globe and Mail today, they weren’t supposed to lose that badly!

“How bad was it?” he poses, “The Raptors trailed by 31 at the break – the largest half-time disadvantage in the history of the NBA conference finals. After three quarters, they were losing by 40.” We could be wrong, but from where we sit, here at Synergy Marketing, it’s the worst loss in Raptors franchise history. Especially when you consider what’s at stake – a first-time trip to the NBA Finals – last night’s game was just a disaster of epic proportions.

Readers of the Synergy Marketing Blog are well aware that we’re not just sports fans (and staunch supporters of our hometown Toronto teams), but we’re also prone to drawing comparisons between the pro sports world and the business world. Working with Canadian business owners on a daily basis, our staff knows very well the importance of having strong teams and strong team leaders.

So what does it take to help a struggling team? While Raptors coach Dwane Casey will have his hands full trying to answer that question for his team, over the next 24 hours, we’d like to think that we can shed some light on that topic for Canadian business owners. The way we see it, it all starts with having a great team leader. This is the type of person who isn’t just an expert in his/her particular field, but is someone who has great people skills.

Team leaders need to have the ability to build rapport, gain trust and instil confidence in their team members. It’s not enough to simply have a good attitude that seeks to cheer people on. Being able to provide solid feedback and offer assistance when necessary are just two small components of what it takes to drive a struggling sales team to new heights of success. And not everyone has what it takes to be an effective team leader.

This is communicated by Tim Donnelly on Inc.com. “Many companies make the mistake of promoting their top salespeople to manager positions, but often the most skilled salespeople don’t have the coaching dexterity needed to effectively guide a whole team,” he writes, “In fact, research by the Corporate Executive Board says sales representatives strongly prefer coaching to come from their direct supervisor.”

How important is training? It couldn’t be more important to adequately train the members of your team. And we’re not just talking about new hires. Regularly offering your long-standing team members additional training will keep them sharp. It’s no different than the fact that professional sports teams require practice on a regular basis. Team leaders need to schedule “practice” for their teams in order to foster consistently strong performances.

On TrailBlazeInc.com, David M. Dye writes that in addition to proper training, reliable equipment and tools are also necessary in order to have a team perform at its best. “Regularly monitor your team to make sure they have the tools and training they need to be effective,” he advises, “You can’t do this once and then forget about it. Tools wear out. New challenges require new skills.”

Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s blog as we list some ways to help your struggling team to get out of its funk.

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25 May

3 Ways To Truly Relax When You’re Not In The Office

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 25.05.16 by John Meloche

Family Lying Upside Down On Sofa With DaughterHow has your week been going? For most Canadians, it’s a short work week considering that Victoria Day – a statutory holiday – was this past Monday. But for many others, there was no shortage of work this week. For the most part, we’re talking about business owners. You know, the type of people who never seem to take a day off of work? For such individuals – and we know a lot of them! – it’s important to remember that it’s okay to take time off sometimes.

As we’ve outlined in our blogs over the past couple of days, taking time to relax and unwind can actually be a good business move. Being away from the office allows you to recharge and properly refocus your energies on the tasks you have at hand. Often, entrepreneurs inundate themselves with work, take no breaks, and therefore, burn themselves out. This doesn’t help for many smart business moves to be made.

So how can you get yourself to truly relax when you’re not in the office? Here are three ideas:

1. Stay off of social media. Many people feel that if they’re not tweeting or updating statuses on a regular basis, the world will forget about them. At Synergy Marketing, we regularly advocate the act of using social media to spread the word about your business. However, on your days off, feel free to ignore the rest of the world. It doesn’t make you irrelevant in the eyes of the public if they don’t hear from you for a day.

Avoiding what he calls “status anxiety” is a practice advocated by Manuel Gil del Real of MGR Consulting Group. “It seems like nowadays, we all need to post every single thing we do on Social Media as if our life would not relevant unless we tell other people about our ‘status’ every single time,” he writes, “If you’re hungry for constant ‘likes’ and social recognition you need to reconsider your life priorities. Take a ‘Social Media Vacation’…it’s part of unplugging.”

2. Plan your time away from work. We know that this sounds like the opposite of what we’re trying to get you to do. Relaxing and taking it easy usually doesn’t usually come as a result of a specifically drawn out plan. But for many hard-working business owners, it may be necessary. On his website, entrepreneur, Sean Hopwood recommends that you have a plan when you decide to spend time away from your business.

“This plan should be prepared early, at least a week before the planned break,” he advises, “However, don’t plan too early since you can’t really be sure how circumstances would change as time passes. If you planned your trip months before, you may just get yourself in the dilemma of postponing your break or foregoing a business opportunity because of unexpected turn of events.”

3. Spend time with your loved ones. What’s the point of working so hard if it isn’t to benefit the people you love? Don’t forget that when you get time off of work, it means that you have more time to spend with your family members and friends. Remember that they are the reasons you work so hard to begin with. Gil del Real reminds us that it’s important to give them quality time when you’re not in the office.

“Focus on family or loved ones,” he insists, “Give them your full attention because for the most part of the year, you fail to give them quality time. Also when you focus on your family, this will change the pace of your life and you need that to become a more flexible individual. If you fail to invest in family life today, you’re sure to pay the price tomorrow. Don’t make that mistake.”

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24 May

3 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Days Away From Work

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 24.05.16 by John Meloche

Depositphotos_25983447_s-2015Welcome back to work Canada! On behalf of the entire team, here at Synergy Marketing, we hope you enjoyed your Victoria Day long weekend. Yesterday, we took the time to blog about the fact that it’s important that you actually enjoy your time off work. Too many business owners feel that when they take time away from the job, they’re letting their businesses down. Not so. In today’s blog, we’ll look at some ways you can make the most of your days away from work.

Here are three:

1. Read. Many people find reading relaxing. It also helps them to escape the pressures that come with everyday life as their books allow them to venture off into fictional worlds that can be quite entertaining. You don’t necessarily have to read fiction. If you’re not much of a reader of stories, consider picking up some books about areas of study you’re not normally attached to. A break from your regular every day is the point.

Manuel Gil del Real of MGR Consulting Group highly recommends this idea. “You don’t want your mind to still be occupied by work concerns so read stories that are unrelated to what you normally do,” he suggests, “I personally love reading biographical or self-improvement books during my time off. Often times, when you read the biography of other successful entrepreneurs, they can be both, a great read and a fantastic source of inspiration for your own self-improvement.”

2. Try to unplug from technology. Considering that most technology used today doesn’t require a plug to use, perhaps the best way to provide this piece of advice is to say “leave your devices alone!” When vacationing, see what it’s like to not be attached to your smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. You may feel as if you’ll be inundated with messages when you return, but it’s important to give yourself a break from non-stop calls and emails from time to time.

“Perhaps just bring your smart phone with you so you can communicate with your family if you’re not bringing them along,” suggests Gil del Real, “But if you will be traveling with your loved ones, unplug completely and don’t let your work concerns worm their way into your vacation. If there are problems at work, let your employees take care of them; trust your team, feel comfortable delegating and empower them to make their own decisions while you’re away.”

3. Stop worrying! Easier said than done, right? If you have the entrepreneurial spirit, it will be hard to convince you that there’s nothing to worry about when you take time away from your business. However, changing your mindset will help you to enjoy your days off and vacations a lot more. On his website, business owner, Sean Hopwood recommends that you practice little by little to not be a “worrywart”.

“Start small and scale up,” he recommends, “You can, for instance, delegate some tasks for the day and take the time off in the afternoon and observe how things proceed. Eventually, you will learn to trust your personnel while training them to be responsible at the same time. Gradually veer away from micromanagement and learn to trust people. If you are an entrepreneur who dreams of making it big, you will have to come to a point where micromanaging no longer works and may even become a burden.”

Remember that Synergy Marketing is open today! Don’t hesitate to call us to order the perfect promo gift to advertise your business at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST. You can also email us at info@gosynergygo.com and sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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23 May

The Importance Of Enjoying Your Time Off From Work

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 23.05.16 by John Meloche

African American businesswoman relaxing at work reclining back in her chair stretching her arms in the air and closing her eyes in contentmentHappy Victoria Day Canada! On behalf of the entire team, here at Synergy Marketing, we just wanted to take this opportunity to wish every single one of you an amazing “May 2-4” long weekend! Today is a day usually filled with fun in the sun, barbeques and picnics, as this long weekend holiday is often synonymous with the first “summer” holiday of the year. With that, we’d like to remind you that Synergy Marketing is closed today to observe the holiday.

We will, however, we open bright and early tomorrow morning, beginning at 9am EST, so please don’t hesitate to call us in the morning for any questions you may have about our fantastic promotional products. If you’re anything like us – and we know that many Canadian entrepreneurs are! – you enjoy the extra days off work, but you sometimes feel guilty about them. Those who have the entrepreneurial spirit are always working somehow.

We know that even at those barbeques and picnics taking place today, business owners are taking their opportunities to meet new people, pass along business cards, or better yet their branded promotional gifts. It’s hard not to think of work when you own a business. And, at Synergy Marketing, we not only understand that, but we sympathize with it, as well. We’re here to tell you that it’s okay – you’re allowed to enjoy your day off!

Don’t assume that if you’ve taken the day off that you’ve somehow let your business down. In fact, taking time away from the office can often be good for your business. It means you’re allowing yourself to relax and recharge so that you can take on the next day of work fully energized. Manuel Gil del Real of MGR Consulting Group writes that this is one of the most important ways to help your business to grow.

“If you’re…an entrepreneur but you believe that business shouldn’t stop no matter what time of the year it is, take a cue from the most successful business people around and use the holidays to regroup and recharge because taking vacations is among the smartest entrepreneurs’ habits that will allow you to be furthermore effective at what you do,” he writes. He goes on to list a few important ways that you can fully enjoy your time off from work.

“Build a reliable team that you can leave your work concerns to,” Gil del Real advises, “This will not only make you feel less anxious about being away but this will benefit your business as well. A business with people who will stretch their abilities to ensure that everything’s smooth running while the boss is away has the best potential to grow and succeed.” It’s important, however, to be good at delegating responsibilities to the right people.

On his website, business owner, Sean Hopwood writes that being a good delegator is a sign of being a good leader. Furthermore, it will help you to enjoy your time off from work with more ease. “Learn how to delegate responsibilities so you don’t have to micro-manage everything,” he advises, “Also, only delegate responsibilities if you are sure that those to whom the responsibilities will be delegated are responsible enough.”

We certainly hope you’re enjoying your time off from work today, no matter how you’ve chosen to spend the day. Don’t forget that to place your order for the promo gift of your choice, you can call Synergy Marketing tomorrow and throughout the rest of the week at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST. You can also email us at info@gosynergygo.com and sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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20 May

4 More Ways To Develop Chemistry Among Your Team Members

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 20.05.16 by John Meloche

Successful business woman standing with her staff in background at modern bright officeAll week long, the Synergy Marketing Blog has been focused on the concept of the team. Celebrating your team when it is successful and supporting your team when it has opportunities to get better is a huge part of your job as a business owner. There are a variety of ways that you can help to foster team building, as we pointed out in yesterday’s blog. In today’s blog, we’ll continue to look at ways to develop chemistry among your team members.

Here are four more ideas:

1. Get to know your team members personally. Your place of business holds a very important place in the lives of each of your team members. Consider the fact that your business name pops up whenever your employees are asked “What do you do for a living?” They should each be just as important to you as your business is to them. Do your part to learn about your employees personally.

Jennifer Britton of the UK-based Team Building Directory writes that getting to know your team members will help you to find out exactly what they are looking for to enhance their work and efforts. “One of the most common pitfalls of team building initiatives is that it does not match the needs of the team,” she writes, “Ensure you invest enough time before the event itself to assess what team members really want.”

2. Implement team-building activities in the office. Quite often, the activities that best help to build a team are the ones that are not directly related to the job. Giving your team members opportunities to grow their relationships with each other in more of a relaxed, social setting can go a long way in strengthening the team overall. Consider some activities that you can give your team that are fun and interactive to help encourage better chemistry between its members.

On Time-Management-Guide.com, Dr. Sergey Dudiy champions this suggestion. “Allow your office team members build trust and openness between each other in team building activities and events,” he recommends, “Give them some opportunities of extra social time with each other in an atmosphere that encourages open communication. For example, in a group lunch on Friday.”

3. Create an action plan. “Create an action plan to make the team building part of your everyday work or life,” writes Britton, “Often retreat days or team building programs have few links with everyday business or organisational objectives. Ensure that when designing the program you create links to the organisation or to everyday life so that participants can ‘bring the learning home’. This can be done by building into the program formal action planning time, and having managers follow up during regular staff meetings.”

4. Don’t be afraid to have fun once in a while. If you really want to develop a strong chemistry between the members of your team, allow them to have a little bit of fun. Whether inside or outside of the office, getting your employees to interact with each other in fun ways can really help to boost productivity. “Team building initiatives should be fun and engaging for all staff members,” says Britton, “They should be relevant and meaningful for the team.”

At Synergy Marketing, we always advocate for the giving out of promo gifts – not just to customers, but to your team members as well. Sending them home with great gifts that bear your company’s name and logo reminds them that they are important parts of your team. To place your order for the promo gift of your choice, call Synergy Marketing at 1-877-748-9884 between 9am and 5pm EST or email us at info@gosynergygo.com! You can also sign up for our Insider E-Flyer Program HERE!

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19 May

3 Effective Ways To Foster Team Building

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 19.05.16 by John Meloche

Depositphotos_10825393_xsThe Toronto Raptors have a tough task ahead of them tonight as they prepare for the second game of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. The heavily-favoured Cleveland Cavaliers, lead by all-star LeBron James, soundly defeated our hometown Raps by a score of 115-84 in the opening game of the series Tuesday night. Evidently, the Raptors will have to rally around each other and shake off the loss if they wish for a better outcome this evening.

All week long, we’ve been drawing parallels between the pro sports world and the Canadian small business landscape. Obviously, both worlds involve teams that must work together in order to perform to their best abilities and achieve success. And while it’s important to celebrate those successes, it’s just as important to work on team building whenever tough times are experienced. Much like the Raptors, you team is bound to go through hard days.

So what are the most effective ways to foster team building? Here are three ideas:

1. Clearly define each team member’s role. In many cases, people play positions that they are best suited for. Whether it’s on the basketball court or in the office, there are often particular team members who specialize in certain areas. Sometimes, it’s important to remind everyone on the team which position they are required to play. Working together means allowing each team member to fulfil the unique requirements of his/her role.

Dr. Sergey Dudiy explains the importance of making sure there is complete clarity in who is responsible for what on Time-Management-Guide.com. “Do your best to avoid overlaps of authority,” he advises, “For example, if there is a risk that two team members will be competing for control in certain area, try to divide that area into two distinct parts and give each more complete control in one of those parts, according to those individual’s strengths and personal inclinations.”

2. Give your team that confidence that they have your support. This past week, Toronto Blue Jays’ manager John Gibbons was suspended by Major League Baseball for three games. The reason? He returned to the field during a brawl after he had already been ejected from the game for arguing balls and strikes. Later, when asked by the media why he returned to the field when he had already been ejected, he simply replied, “That’s my team out there”.

It’s of vital importance that your team knows that it has the support of its superiors. “Supervisors and managers play a key role in ‘keeping the learning alive’,” says Jennifer Britton of the UK-based Team Building Directory, “Ensure that supervisors, managers and owners are following up with staff regarding what their needs are, and how team building efforts can be enhanced. Managers also play a key role in ensuring that the learning from team building initiatives is brought back to the office.”

3. Involve everyone on the team in important decisions. It’s important to make each member of the team feel that his/her contributions matter. And that’s because they do! Don’t neglect feedback. Each team member has a unique experience representing your business and based on those experiences, they can likely provide you with valuable information about how to best please your customers.

“For issues that rely on the team consensus and commitment, involve more the whole team in the decision making process,” insists Dr. Dudiy, “For example, use group sessions with collective discussions of possible decision options or solution ideas. What you want to achieve here is that each team member feels his or her ownership in the final decision, solution, or idea. The more he or she feels this way, the more likely he or she is to agree with and commit to the decided line of action.”

Be sure to check back for tomorrow’s blog as we continue to examine ways to effectively develop chemistry among your team members!

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18 May

3 More Ways To Celebrate Your Team’s Recent Success

Posted in Synergy Suggestions on 18.05.16 by John Meloche

Happy business team are giving high five in office. Teamwork, success concept.It’s been an exciting week in the world of Toronto sports this week. As we’ve been blogging about in recent days, the Toronto Raptors are now in the third round of the NBA Playoffs. As per usual, the Synergy Marketing Blog has taken a look at the parallels between pro sports and Canadian small businesses. Both industry types require excellent performances from teams in order to achieve success. And both industry types deserve to celebrate those successes!

Here are three more ways to celebrate your team’s recent success:

1. Create a “wall of fame” in the office. When you’ve acknowledged the excellent jobs performed by the members of your staff, it’s important for the acknowledgment to not be a one-off. Setting up a “wall of fame” complete with employee pictures and blurbs about their accomplishments is a great way to keep the good vibes going in the office, after you’ve achieved a particular business goal.

On DigitalistMag.com, Marisa Negri recommends that you set up a “brag board”. “If you think your team has done something worthy enough, ‘brag’ about their success on a designated board in the break room or somewhere for the entire company to see,” she suggests, “Documenting a success story helps your team realize their value and motivates them to work just as hard (if not harder) for the next project.”

2. Throw an office party. When professional sports teams win series, they often have a big party in their locker rooms. (To be honest, we find this to be the case in most sports except basketball). This isn’t to say that you should be dousing any of your employees in champagne. Instead, take an approach more in keeping with your line of work and take your team out for a dinner, picnic or other fun-filled celebration.

“Whether it’s a family-friendly picnic or an elegant night out on the town, taking the celebration out of the office supports how special you want your employees to feel,” says Amy Guettler on Chron.com, “It’s also a great way for co-workers to interact, chit-chat, revel in their success or just relax together as a team in a new environment — a great way to build teamwork and motivation to achieve more.”

3. Throw some extra perks the way of your employees. Money is great, of course. Food is nearly as good. Perhaps, third in line are the perks that come along with working for you. That could include a better parking space (for, at least, a limited time) or even some high-end gifts that clearly demonstrate your appreciation for your team’s hard work. Negri agrees that it’s a good idea to “perk it up from time to time”.

She suggests that you “offer meaningful rewards that can be catered to an individual’s preference. This can range from Starbucks gift cards to longer lunches or the ability to leave early on a given day.” We would also suggest offering some of your high-end promotional products as gifts to your top performers. At Synergy Marketing, we have a long list of great promo gifts to choose from.

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