Effective teamwork is crucial for any business or organization to be able to perform strategic tasks and take on new challenges. In today’s digital age, workplace teams are more diverse, dynamic, and often, dispersed geographically than ever. Your team should pool the knowledge, capabilities and experience of a diverse group of people in order to tackle goals and objectives successfully. When you understand the elements that are essential for effective teamwork, you can build and maintain a high-performance team. Here are five key components to help you enable your team.
The foundation of a great team is providing direction that engages and inspires its members. Ensure that your team – individually and as a group – has challenging goals with clear positive consequences such as intrinsic rewards like promotions, pay and recognition as well as a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Destructive dynamics can undermine the most creative collaborative efforts. Team members that withhold information, avoid responsibility, or pressure others to conform can cause conflict and dysfunction. Establishing clear standards such as showing up on time for meetings, giving everyone a voice and opportunity to contribute, and enforcing rules against interrupting fellow team members or being rude, is a constructive conflict resolution tactic.
Having the right support system enables team effectiveness. Your team should have a supportive environment that provides access to necessary resources, technical assistance, education and training, and lastly, rewards for good performance.
When team members are experts in specialized areas or are dispersed geographically, often certain team members end up with important information that others don’t. Working on creating avenues to communicate information within the group will help members understand each other, give a frame of reference that enables accurate interpretation and decision making, and can increase efficiency.
The combination of diversity, distance and reliance on digital communication can result in “us versus them” attitudes in your workforce. Fostering a common understanding and identity will help you develop a shared mindset among your team members to break down the barriers to information sharing and cooperation.
Setting your team up to succeed by establishing enabling conditions is key to building a successful workplace team. The Centre is the perfect place to get your team members together for training or a collaborative think tank. We offer inspirational team-building packages, audio/visual equipped meeting spaces that can accommodate 5-100 people, and delicious catering by Vintana. Contact us today for booking details and more information.
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