Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Now more than ever is it important for organizations to work together for the betterment of the entire operation. And, when I say teams, I’m talking about all types of teams whether in the office or virtually.
Research shows that collaborative problem solving leads to better outcomes and people are more likely to take calculated risks that lead to innovation if they have the support of a team behind them. Working in a team encourages personal growth, increases job satisfaction, and reduces stress.
Why is it vital to promote and execute teamwork?
- Teamwork motivates unity in the workplace – your team environment promotes an atmosphere that fosters friendship and loyalty.
- Teamwork offers an open door for differing perspectives and feedback – allows for individuals to brainstorm collectively which leads to more efficient problem solving.
- Teamwork provides improved efficiency and productivity – workloads are shared which takes the pressure off individuals and equates to finishing projects in a more timely manner and on schedule.
- Teamwork provides great learning opportunities – learn from one another’s mistakes. You are able to avoid future errors, gain insight from differing perspectives, and learn new concepts from more experienced colleagues.
- Teamwork promotes workplace synergy – mutual support shared goals, cooperation and encouragement provide workplace synergy.
Not everyone processes information the same way, some people like to jump into problem-solving mode immediatley, while others prefer time to gather their thoughts and consider multiple options.
How to create a team environment
- Lead the Way – You need to promote a team working attitude within yours.
- Give Your Teams Target – By setting clear guidelines of what you expect them to achieve, you’ll soon see them working as one towards a common goal.
- Provide Regular Team Rewards – One of the best ways to motivate a team is to create a rewards program.
- Make Every Meeting a Team Meeting – When your employees are aware of how each team member’s role works, they will be abler, and more willing, to help.
- Set Up Team-Building Activities – By seeing which members of your team work well together during these activities, you’ll be better able to place your staff in effective groups for working as teams.
- Open Up Lines of Communication – A team that gets along is more likely to work well together.
- Consider Your Office Layout – Does your office formation promote the team-working culture you’re looking for?
As you can see, promoting a more team-working culture among your staff doesn’t have to be difficult. If you lead the way and make a few changes here or there, you’ll soon see employees working together.