Hi there! 

My name is Paula from Beyond the Maze.  We are a Virtual Assistant team here in Australia with both an Australian and an offshore team.  We can help you with all your general admin and reception services. 

Today’s topic is about Team Culture. 

You might be sitting here wanting to hang on a minute. 

You don’t have a team?? 

That’s why you have a Virtual Assistant or that’s why you’re thinking of getting a Virtual Assistant. 

If you’re thinking of getting a Virtual Assistant or even if you only have one other member in your team, then team culture is so important. You might hear this a lot from various other people around team culture and you’re thinking that it’s about the same team culture again. 

It is really, really important to make sure that everybody in your team can gel as much as they possibly can. Obviously, in some teams, you might have some differences between people. 

However, it’s important even if there are differences that those differences are not a big problem.  If the respect is there for each other in your team, then you will be able to agree to disagree. 

How can you find out that you’re getting somebody in your team, whether it’s an external VA or it’s a new team member internally, and making sure that they’re a good fit for the team. 

First of all, I would go and do a Values Test. 

As I’ve said before, if you go over to my Boss Leading Coaching page, we were talking over there about who you admire most.  Check out that video in and around values and the value process to knowing people’s values and making sure that they align with yours. 

Now, they may differ in certain ways, but you won’t, for example, have people who value great service in an environment where there might be a lot of people who don’t value service so much. They are going to come to heads.  Clients aren’t going to like them either for that matter. 

They are going to come to heads and it’s going to be total disruption to your business all the time. 

Doing a simple Values Test can help work out what people’s values are, and it’ll also help you as an employer or as a person who’s hired your subcontractor.  It’ll help you understand what someone’s value is to be able to work with them more efficiently. 

Doctor John Demartini has a free Values Test on his website.  If you just google Demartini Values Test, and you could do that, you can see what your values are, and you can also see what somebody else’s values are. 

This is so crucial in team culture to be able to help you. 

If you have a good team culture, then that’s the basis of having a good business and having everybody work seamlessly together.  You can also go further, which is what we do here. 

We do DISC profiling as well and we’re soon to be bringing that in for our clients as well, to make sure that clients are matched with our team members who work similarly to you and we’re not putting people that will clash together. 

Doing things like a DISC profile or a personality profile helps with seeing how people work and how they might work together.  That’s a really good thing for team culture as well. 

You, being the leader of your team, can create a great team culture if you’re doing great things. 

If you are respecting your team, making sure your team are looked after and they will feel well looked after and they will feel like they’re supported, they will feel like they’ve got the support in place from other people externally as well as from you. 

They will enjoy getting up every morning and coming to work, whether it’s external or internal. 

The worst thing for team culture is somebody not wanting to work on a particular client’s tasks, then you will be pushed back.  You will be in that procrastination pile; you’ll not feel valued yourself because your Virtual Assistant may not want to do that work for you because that team culture is off kilter. 

Now, when I say team, whether you bring on a VA or bring someone on internally, we like to work here at Beyond the Maze as part of your team.  We don’t like to think of ourselves as an external team member. 

We want to think of ourselves as an internal team member and that we’re all working for a common goal to move your business forward or to free up your time to do what you do best. 

Team culture in a nutshell is just a nice environment where everybody can respect each other and respect differences if there’s differences and have a nice place for people to work.  People want to come to work and want to service you. 

If you wanted to talk further about how we can assist with this and how we can become part of your team, then please

book your free-obligation call here: https://beyondthemaze.com.au/contact/book-a-free-consultation/ .

It’s Paula from Beyond the Maze. Bye for now. 

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Paula Burgess is the founder and director of Beyond the Maze, a virtual assistant, coach, author, keynote speaker, mum of a special needs child and a Brisbane based girl who loves fast cars!

She also provides courses and membership to support other business owners working around children with special needs.