Teamwork

Have you ever been part of a great team? Not only is it more fun, but the benefit of everyone working harmoniously together drives real results! If you’re a business owner, or manage a team, here are 10 quick tips to assist you in improving teamwork in your workplace, where Together Everyone Achieves More:

  1. Clear communication: The communication between team members should be free flowing, honest and respectful. All team members should feel comfortable to express their ideas, thoughts and opinions.
  2. Strong leadership: It is imperative to have a strong and effective leader who can demonstrate exemplary behaviour. A good team leader or manager is one who places the importance of team goals over their own individual goals and is adept at showing direction and ensuring that all team members remain focused.
  3. Common goals: A team comprises many individuals, all with their own set of values, beliefs and opinions, often varying significantly to one another. Therefore establishing common goals that are clear and concise, assists in keeping the team on task.
  4. Efficient delegation: In order to deliver the required outcome, it is essential that responsibilities are assigned to those team members who have the capability to efficiently perform the necessary tasks.
  5. Trust: It is critically important to generate trust within the team. This enables all team members to feel that they can share their thoughts freely, rely on other team members and feel safe and secure in the tasks undertaken.
  6. Respect: It is a fundamental component of any team to ensure understanding and respect for others within the team. This includes but is not limited to respect for each other’s abilities, opinions and actions.
  7. Setting a good example: All members of a team are responsible for displaying behaviour that is aligned with the common goals of the team. Suggesting new ideas for policies and procedures, participating in workplace activities and upholding the values of the workplace all contribute to an ‘example’ employee.
  8. Conflict management: It is essential that all conflicts within a team are resolved. Even critical issues, when dealt with maturity, can be resolved easily without leaving an after-effect. Differences in opinion should not come in the way of the team’s performance.
  9. Provide ongoing coaching, training and mentoring opportunities and support to team members: Providing team members with ongoing learning opportunities and building both individuals’ skills and team skills encourages people to grow and expand their capabilities. Additionally, there are significant benefits associated with mentors being assigned (where possible), to team members and encouraging leaders and managers to develop coaching skills to use within their teams.
  10. Appreciation and recognition: Look for ways to acknowledge and consistently reward good teamwork. Through showing appreciation for exemplary behaviour and work ethic, it encourages employees to continue to perform to the best of their ability, and ultimately providing more efficient results for the business.
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