- Ufnfamiliar Turf
- Jeering Crowd
Why do sports teams statistically have better records for home games than road games? In their championship series, why do sports teams jockey for playoff positions that award home-field advantage ? What impact does home-field advantage have on Motivation?
The locker room for the home team has individual accomodations, with names on each locker. Each player sleeps in their own bed the night before, life routines are simply routine. If a problem arises, any team member (including coaches and administrative staff) can tap into readily available tools, or hit the supply cabinet (readily stocked).
The visiting team is in unfamiliar surroundings, life routines are interrupted. Accomodations are adequate but anonymous. If a problem arises, the team member might have to improvise or “do without.” No hugs from family here, just the cold hard reality of a rival field of play.
Though there may be occasional fans supporting the road team, the majority of the cheering crowd is firmly in support of the home team. What is the impact of an engaged stadium full of “positive noise?”
What are the lessons in home-field advantage for the working manager?
- Comfortable familiar environment
- Problem solving systems
- Available resources
- The right tools
- Ample supplies
- Hugs (Support from the extended team)
The challenge for the manager, in the supervision of a team is to create an environment of home-field advantage in the workplace.