By Stephen L. Burger, CPM, CRX, CRM
Here’s a surprise. This blog is not about property
management. Neither is it about real estate. But it does focus on a critical
part of business, no matter the industry.
Team building is a key, but highly inexact, concept within
the realm of business leadership. For obvious reasons, books and papers on the
subject speak in generalities and can never address the personal situation of a
particular office environment, and therefore, almost by definition, they fall
We at EBMC are major advocates of team building, so this
blog is meant simply to offer one specific strategy to ensure the engagement of
our staff. It may not work for everybody, but it works for us.
If you’ve been keeping up with our news pages (and if not,
why not?) you would have read about our recently completed eight-week wellness challenge.
Hosted by Anew Leaf Physique’s Danielle Fitchett, the program involved a lot of walking and various challenges to our
traditional approaches to meals. It was a highly interactive program and one
that was enjoyed by all participants, many of whom plan to adjust their
thinking about exercise and nutrition. If that were the only benefit of the
program, it would have been well worth it.
But it actually did more. It brought the people of EBMC
closer on a different plane than would be the case through our normal workaday
experiences. Comparing progress in the challenge, sharing family photos on
Facebook, all introduced another dimension to the people we work with
side-by-side every day.
This opens the opportunity to see each other in a new and
more complete light and in doing so opens the door to more understanding and
respect. That serves every individual employee of EBMC, and it serves the
company as well, by building a stronger team awareness.
This was a fun, different and exciting way to bring our
people together. What is it in your operation? A weekend retreat? A company
picnic? A day of fishing? It really doesn’t matter. Whatever it may be, we urge
all managers, no matter the line of work, to think outside the confines of the
office to rally your people around a social event.
They will thank you.And the culture of your business will be greatly rewarded.
Steve Burger, President
EUGENE BURGER MANAGEMENT CORPORATION
As president and COO
of Eugene Burger Management Co., Steve
Burger is directly responsible for the overall quality, depth and
consistency of management services provided in all 15 regions in the EBMC