Kevin Xu: How to Build a Better Team Bond as a Manager
H O W TO B U I L D A B E T T E R T E A M
B O N D A S A M A N A G E R K E V I N X U
• As a manager, recruiting
talent is a whole task in
itself, especially for a small
• But once you’ve assembled
a solid group, getting these
creative minds and
dedicated personalities to
work cohesively requires
some nurturing as well.
• Some employees of yours may not be as social as others
in the workplace, while others have schedules that just
don’t coincide with the daily agenda of the majority.
• To establish a more productive an environment,
implement a few practices or activities that will push
your team towards creating a better bond.
C O M PA N Y
O U T I N G S
• Team-building activities are perfect for getting employees to work together
and they prove effective in allowing individuals get to know one another
• Although not everyone is comfortable in these types of settings so making
your company outings a social event can be much more relaxing.
• Consider taking team
lunches to take an
hour out of the day
and talk about non-
work related matters.
• Startups with sales
driven initiatives may
offer company happy
hours periodically if
goals are met.
E N C O U R A G E
R E L AT I O N S H I P S &
T R U S T
• Many office places are often
strained by the pressing
demand to meet
deliverables, so much that
they’re void of the human
• Efficiency comes first, but in
route to creating a more
productive team, building
the camaraderie aspect is a
major proponent of that.
• As a manager you should encourage working relationships
among employees and trust that they can work and still
interact at a comfortable level with those around them at
the right times.
• Allowing employees to take an extended lunch or an
occasional work from home day helps establish trust
M E E T
R E G U L A R LY
• The best way to
employees is to meet
with them on a
• You’ll have to
periodically this will
• But whether it’s a monthly one-on-one session or a lunch meeting,
keeping communication open allows for a better bond among tiers.
• Solidifying communication lines is a must for managers,
but making gains and improvements during these
meetings are just as imperative.
• Communicate the goals of your employee’s roles clearly and the goals or
purpose of the company entirely — this helps let them know what’s
• But meetings also allow for opportunities for feedback and new
perspectives can lead to structural improvement.
• Don’t forget to check out Kevin Xu’s
article on employee communication