Team Building - Handling Those Who don't Want to Join
Edmund Adu-Danso, Project Manager, Ghana
This is an interesting one. I get the impression the event is still in the planning stages.
I also get the impression this is an "old" team with set ways of doing things, and you are experiencing resistance to change.
It is possible there is a lot of rancour and uncooperativeness.
So what do you do?
Your staff may be suffering from some form of disenchantment with the job which makes them resistant to change; perhaps a result of unfulfilled promises, a non-listening management, or a glass ceiling environment. The 25% who have written to excuse themselves may actually be speaking for a silent majority.
When faced with a similar situation, studied the work environment, after which I drafted a questionnaire for them to respond to anonymously. From the results, I agreed with management on answers to their expectations. Then held small group sessions with the staff to orient them accordingly.
Staff interaction and cooperation improved after that. Try this perhaps.