Finding the balance isn’t always easy. Healthy teams know how to have fun together as well as getting the job done. They take time to pray together and play together, but also make sure the task gets done. Achieving that balance requires compatibility over the long haul if you’re going to be working together on something.
The people you work with may not be the people you’d choose as friends, but given how much time you’ll likely be spending with them, you’ll want to invest in the relationships. It can’t be all business all the time. When I led a church staff and we went on retreats, we spent significant time sharing personally, praying for each other, and playing games and socializing together. Then when we got to work, we’d roll up our sleeves and zero in on what we needed to be working on.
The same was true during our regular work weeks. We’d sometimes take coffee breaks or go out to lunch with no agenda—just to connect. Then we’d have most of the rest of our weeks set aside for work. Healthy teams need both—relationships and productivity.