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. Read on to discover five key components for effective teamwork to help you enhance 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. These consequences can be intrinsic rewards like promotions, pay, and recognition. They can also be intangible rewards like a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Either way, it’s important to make sure your team knows what lies at the end of the road for them as they work towards their goals.
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.
Some fundamental ways to create a cohesive team dynamic are:
- Establishing clear standards (such as required meeting times or deadlines)
- Giving everyone a voice and opportunity to contribute
- Enforcing rules against interrupting fellow team members or being rude
The above tactics are great constructive conflict resolution if issues do arise among your team members. Remember, when everyone is working well together your goals will get accomplished more easily and effectively.
Having the right support system enables team effectiveness. Successfully supporting your team means creating the right environment for teamwork.
Your team should have a supportive environment that provides access to:
- Necessary resources
- Technical assistance
- Rewards for good performance
Putting these systems in place and creating a supportive work environment can help your team members collaborate more successfully.
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. Creating these channels also gives a frame of reference that enables accurate interpretation and decision making among team members. Open communication 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. Developing a shared mindset can also break down the barriers to information sharing and cooperation.
Setting your team up to succeed through these fundamental tactics 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.
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