7 Ways To Spring Your Team Into Spring

Spring is springing. The vortex is melting, and now you sense spring fever coming on…for you and your team. Embrace this season of new growth and possibilities. Making Spring a workplace celebration will help offset the “wish I was outside” blues.

Spring Into Spring

  1. Establish Spring Growth Goals – Challenge your team to a growth spurt before summer. Help each person identify concrete way they will grow in the next 90 days: a special project, a new skill, mentoring someone or finding a mentor. Model the way. Pick your own goal and talk about your challenges and progress.
  2. Hold A Spring Training – Pick an exciting team stretch goal for the team and rally the troops. Hold a “spring training” to get everyone “in shape” to win against this challenge.
  3. Make Work A Game – Challenge another team to a friendly competition that will help both teams stay more focused and have a little fun. Engage in a little trash talk.
  4. Plant Some Seeds – Hold a “seed planting” campaign. Have your team identify other areas of the business (or prospects/customers) where they could plant some “seeds” (e.g. ideas, new relationships, collaborative work) for future growth. Have each person share their seedling idea in a team meeting.
  5. Do Some Spring Cleaning – Have the team pick something specific they can do to improve their work environment: Clean-up their emails, throw away unnecessary files, bring in some flowers, create a motivational display. Even remote teams can engage in a Spring cleaning competition and share their pics.
  6. Give In (a little) – Plan a team picnic lunch outside. Create an after work walking group. Have everyone pick one day they will leave an hour or two early and plan something fun for themselves. Find ways to share what they’ll be doing with their Spring Fever early start. Plan an outside teambuilder, like bird watching over lunch.
  7. Volunteer – Pick a volunteer project you can do as a team. They’ll have a break, grow as a team, and do something for the greater good.
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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders, helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association's 50 Leaders to Watch. She’s the author of 3 books: Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, and Glowstone Peak.


  1. Every spring we rearrange the office…in fact, that’s our plan for today and tomorrow. It’s when we bring in new equipment, purge files, move desks, repaint walls if necessary, etc. It’s one of the those thing’s we stumbled into. But we all enjoy it.

  2. Send everyone to a warmer climate. That’s why I’m going south in a few weeks.

    It’s 17 degrees here in the Cuse. Colder because of the loss to 500-1 Dayton in the tourney.

  3. #5 is the key for me. I actually do it every quarter.

    Here’s what I do:

    1. Do a Task Snowball Day – I list all of my projects and tasks and I do the simplest, shortest first and try to knock out 30+. It’s not about what’s most important. It’s about knocking out 75% of the items.

    2. Declare email bankruptcy – I delete every email more than 3 days old.

    3. I deep clean my office.

    4. I move my office furniture and artwork. Amazingly this only takes 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a big deal.

    It feels good!

  4. Karin,

    Some great reminders. Having grown up on a farm, springtime was also a time for preparation. Planting time was around the corner so it was ensuring all equipment, plans, and other elements were ready to do the work. It is good to use seasons to trigger some workplace changes and moments to refresh.



  5. Spring is a perfect time of year to energize the senses.

    Each spring I often take a look at all the sweaters and coats I have been wearing and decide what to take off or toss. When we carry heavy coats or baggage we weighs ourselves down. So maybe it is time to peel off the unwanted “stuff” that is keeping us down and go outside to feel and sense what the future should look like.

    Love your new picture too, Karin!

    • Terri, Nice. I left my winter coat on the train last week. I thought, “oh I don’t need to replace it yet, Spring is here….” We’re getting more snow this am. Ugh.

  6. Wow! Love that new photo…and hair 🙂

    Spring is a time of renewal. It recharges our hearts as well as our mind…love your suggestions on how to bring that energy into the work environment.

  7. In the past my teams have engaged in “friendly” competition that turned work into a game. Talk about creating positive energy! Your suggestions are on target whether your team is stepping into Spring (Northern Hemisphere) or the Fall (Southern Hemisphere). People are antsy all over and your ideas bring connection, focus and engagement. Bring it on!

    I’m with LaRae and Terri too – love your new picture!

    • Alli, Thanks so much. I love those friendly competitions. When I read your post about the 90 degree whether I did have to laugh. It’s been a rough Winter here.

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