Effective teamwork is a very important factor in business. Whether it’s a team of 3, a team of 50 or even more, effective teamwork is key to achieving business goals.
Without effective teamwork, a manager risks limiting the productivity of his employees to what each member can do on their own.
Have you heard the saying, “Two heads are always better than one“?
Well, the major ingredient for the recipe of effective teamwork is a Collaborative Culture.
Let’s take a look at some tips for creating the perfect team.
Set and Communicate Team Goals:
Each team will comprise of a range of people from diverse backgrounds and skillsets. It is therefore important to set common goals in which the team is working towards so that the focus always remains on the finished product.
Each team member must understand that personal goals must be set aside and team goals must remain a focus throughout the project.
As the well-known saying goes, ‘There is no I in team’. If conflicts arise, refer back to these original goals and make decisions with a primary focus on them.
Establish Leadership and Hierarchy:
If your employees trust your judgement, they will work effectively even when you’re not around.
Before you can start team building, you need to develop the right kind of leadership skills. This doesn’t mean asserting authority, instead, try to foster trust through honesty and transparency.
In larger organizations, managers can’t be everywhere at once, therefore it is necessary to establish hierarchy. A team has a hierarchy and a built-in decision-making system is able to react quickly and effectively to all situations.
Clarify Responsibilities and Key Performance Indicators:
From the moment the team is formed, particular attention must be paid to assigning direct responsibilities and KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to each team member. If clear parameters are set from the beginning, there will be no overlaps of authority.
This is an important step to make before delving into the project so that everyone is clear and on the same page. If everyone is clear on what they are responsible for producing and how they will be assessed, it helps prevent situations such as staff overlapping on tasks and the less desirable tasks being avoided.
Encourage Open Communication:
Encouraging team members to be forthcoming with their ideas is very important for the success of the team. When team members feel that they can freely contribute ideas, there is more scope for creativity and innovation.
It is also important to establish two-way communication of information between both the members of the team, as well as between team members and their manager. This ensures that everyone is always appropriately informed and no topics of conversation are avoided.
It is necessary to make sure that issues within a team are handled by face-to-face communication.