But how do you go about that, and how do you ensure you get to know every member of your team and not just the top performers?
We've put together a little Treasure Hunt for you to play! For each of your team members we want you to find out 8 personal details about them - ranging from their middle name to their favourite shop. If you want, you can edit the template to match the type of team members you lead.
Print out a template for each of your team and keep them somewhere discreet - perhaps in a folder away from prying eyes!
Set yourself a deadline of 4 or 8 weeks to uncover every bit of information about every team member.
"That's easy" you might say "I'll just ask them!" Well you could do - but it would be a bit wierd, and you wouldn't actually get to know your team members any better. Your mission - should you choose to accept it, is to try and uncover these details by creating conversations with your team members and getting them to open up about their personal lives. In doing so you will have to open up about your personal life and hopefully uncover some common ground.
Enjoy! We hope you have fun with your Treasure Hunt! Let us know if you have any other categories that you have used, and whether you were successful in your mission! Did it help you build relationships with your new team members?