Team Fatigue: 2 Strategies to Engage Your Team


Team Fatigue

It’s not all that uncommon for teams to go through a mundane periods and trying to get them to meet with enthusiasm and truly want to get together for a meeting seems nearly impossible. I call this ‘Team Fatigue’. Does ‘Agh…another staff meeting?” sound familiar? In fact, studies show that nearly 70% of employees are disengaged in the workforce. Don’t let the numbers discourage you, let them motivate you to make your team, your company, your work environment stronger.

If your team is not growing together, connecting together, they are becoming stagnant. Is that what you want? A team of widgets unengaged with each other and unengaged as a team? No, I didn’t think so.

Let’s try implementing some strategies to engage your team, build them up and create meaningful conversation and connections among your teammates.

1. Bucket Filling Game

Based on the New York Times Best Selling book, How Full is Your Bucket let me introduce to you The Bucket Filling Game. First I recommend introducing the concept of bucket filling by reading the Theory of Bucket Filling (Gallup, StrengthsFinder). Then, explain that bucket filling is specific, individual and deserved. A few examples of high quality bucket filling;

  • I noticed that you have been working hard on the new technology implementation project.
  • I appreciate the enthusiasm and leadership that you’ve given towards benefits orientation.
  • Your leadership at the symposium last week was obvious. Everyone was engaged and clearly walked away with new strategies for leading their team.
A few examples that are pretty weak;
  • Good job Bill
  • Thanks everyone
These are nice and yet they don’t pack the punch of authenticity that truly fill the buckets of individuals. Try to remain focused on specific, not generic, bucket filling.
Finally, have everyone at your staff meeting stand up. Use a ball or a crumpled up piece of paper (impromptu, this works great!). Start by tossing the ball to one of your team mates and then give a bucket filling compliment to that person. They will then toss the ball and bucket fill for the next person until everyone has had their bucket filled at least once.


2. CoachingQ’s

Using the CoachingQ’s, pre-select a handful of cards and let everyone at your staff meeting randomly draw from your deck. Ask them to first read their CoachingQ out loud, answer the question and then have at least one more person in the group answer the same question. For example; Stacey drew the card “What do you admire most about our company?” Stacey answers the question and then a volunteer answers the same question for themselves. Then the next person begins by reading and answering their CoachingQ and so on. Be prepared for a lot of discussion and connection.

Share Your Ideas:

What have you done to beat Team Fatigue among your workgroup? Share in the comments below.


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Amy McGeachy is an HR Consultant & Professional Development Coach in Portland Metro Area. Amy is a certified HR Professional (PHR) through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and a Certified Coach through the Coach Training Alliance (CTA) and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Amy works with businesses in the areas of training, recruitment, employee relations and strategic HR. Contact Amy to learn more.

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