Posted on March 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM
Teamwork is a vital part of any company, but even more so for group projects when the work environment and culture require all hands-on deck working closely together all the time. In the end, teamwork comes down to cooperation and communication and without it, your business can certainly suffer. While the terms “teamwork” or “team building” may bring visions of company retreats practicing trust falls, in reality, building team morale, trust and productivity doesn’t have to involve pricey trips or clichéd exercises.
Effective communication among people involves not just talking but skilfully listening and responding. To effectively communicate as part of a team, you should change your mind-set, so you see something positive in each interaction, find common ground with other team members and behave with respect when making requests. To listen well, ask good questions that get to the heart of the matter.
Commitment is the main ingredient that makes or breaks a team. For teams to be effective, each member needs to let go of ego, control and ideas that other team members just do not embrace. Instead you should be prepared to listen to and trust the team leader as well as other team members. Empower your team to feel mutual respect. One of the keys to achieving teamwork is encouraging everyone to recognize each other’s strengths—and realize that they are not a threat, but an asset.
Each team should know exactly what they are working toward including what goals they need to be hitting and when. Set measurable goals within a specific timeframe that group members can measure themselves against both individually and as a team. Knowing where they stand in relation to the outlined benchmarks will provide added motivation and incentive to work together.
Meetings should not get in the way of productivity or be a waste of time, but teams should still meet regularly to check in on progress and goals, throw ideas around and build awareness about what each member is working on. Plan regular meetings to reconnect, but make sure the time is used efficiently and effectively and consider mixing things up by trying a meeting in a different place, like a coffee shop. Taking things outside of the workplace has been shown to increase productivity and let communication flow more naturally.