The Modern Rules for Teamwork in the Workplace
Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.– Steve Jobs
Do you really want to build a team that not only helps your organization grow but also keeps an attitude to overcome any obstacles?
Every organization wants its team to work collaboratively and persistently towards its goals and vision. Not many succeed in building a team and often employees fail to give their best irrespective of their talents.
Here in this blog, let's discuss the modern rules for teamwork or the important elements a team needs to perform better and deliver the desired output
Good communication is vital for any team to work together. We have known its importance and how good communication helps a team bind together in a corporate structure. The team which actively participate with the other members enjoys a healthy work relationship. More than that management which emphasizes on the importance of communication and has good internal communication among themselves are more effective in building teams.
The glassdoor policy- the organization must follow the glassdoor policy, which is also called transparency in communication. This policy is not only about having transparent glass doors in your workplace. Its a more internal approach than external. This means higher supervisors, managers or team leaders must be approachable. There should not be any favoritism or close door discussions with any of the team members. This approach gives the employees a sense of equality and empowerment and it translates into good teamwork.
The Feeling of Significance:
The feeling of significance is very important. How you make your employees feel has a direct effect on their commitment and productivity. Every employee must feel significant and be aware of how his/her work is helping the bottom line. Don’t just inform your employees but involve them. When you involve each and every member of your team, you build their self-esteem and confidence. It is as same as parenting your child. Parents who involve their child and make them feel significant, have better self-esteem and confidence. Your employees are no different here.
The team meeting is one of the most important rules and should never be ignored. Each team is different from the other and brings different sets of perspectives and learnings to achieve a common goal. Therefore, it is important to have team meetings in a workplace, where team members can have conversations and keep themselves updated. Ultimately the goal is to complete the given tasks with everyone's joint effort. So transparency would always give room for better results.
Advantages of Team meeting-
- Gives a platform to communicate and share.
- Helps to understand team members.
- Create a healthy work environment and relationships.
- Gives space for receiving feedback.
- Gives an opportunity to learn and grow.
Peer recognition or peer to peer recognition is an act of recognizing colleagues from the same team or department for their work. It could be thanking your peers, acknowledging them or giving them positive feedbacks. Peer recognition helps team bond and creates a positive work environment and culture.
This act of gratitude can have many forms. Many organizations have a peer recognition program for their employees to show gratitude towards each other. This also builds teamwork and help managers realize how teams perform and bond together. This activity by the team members gives an overall outlook of their performance to the management.
Peer recognition also helps in building a team strong. Boosts confidence, self-esteem and healthy work relationships among them.
Teams are a group of people who come together and work on the same goal. Teams which have better work relationships among each other perform better. They bring their own perspectives and experiences. Since they bring their own skill sets on the table, therefore it may often result in bad competitiveness and ego. This diminishes the individual strengths and low productivity.
Encouraging a healthy work relationship is, therefore, a very vital factor for any organization.
Tips to strengthen team relationships-
- Communicate with your teammates.
- Trust and respect your teammates
- Share ideas and support each other.
- Give and accept constructive criticism.
- Recognize the good work of your team member.
- Have a proportionate division of work tasks.
There is a fine line between teamwork and collaboration and both are not the same. Teamwork is a joint effort and members of the team are given definite roles to perform to achieve a common goal. Here the expertise of the team members is mostly the same. A collaborative team is more about having members of varying expertise and skill sets but they too work towards a common goal.
When the team is collaborative it helps to understand or complete a task at various angles. It also helps in solving the problem collaboratively with varied expertise.
There is nothing wrong with traditional teamwork. It is depended on the organization’s size, its resources, leadership, and what approach it uses to build its team keeping their goals in mind.
These are the core modern rules for effective teamwork in the workplace today. Organizations which tap on these key factors would not only build strong teamwork but also evolve.
But work cultures differ from place to place and one should always be ready for bringing any new changes in their teamwork. Feel free to comment on the ideologies and tactics you use to build your team. As the saying goes
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. - Helen Keller