Teamwork is integral to the success of every organization. It has an enormous impact on the performance of any undertaking. It is said that Teamwork can make or break an organization. Conversely, a poorly performing team can cause undesired disruptions in productivity and even strategic failures. Team building is a process that requires careful attention and commitment. Two very important factors in effective team development are a well thought out orientation process and a clear charter for procedures. When the members of a team properly and completely understand what they are expected to do and how they are supposed to do; it has a huge impact on their performance levels.
Although, there is no “I” in team, teamwork is the sum total of individual efforts all working toward a common goal.
Team means: Together Everyone Achieve More! When you start to work with your team, it can be very helpful if you devise a small rule-book of your own. It should only take about 20 to 30 minutes with your team to collaboratively create a Code of Conduct. This can be a good way to welcome new team members.
Supervising a team is a truly challenging task because a team consists of people with different temperaments, different behavioural traits, different skills, and varying work ethics. As a result, conflict can be an inevitable consequence of the teamwork. Allowing those differences to get out of hand can cause unnecessary disruptions which can lead to a breakdown of working relationships. Team members, and more importantly the team leader, should have a basic knowledge of conflict resolution and employ a consistent process when it becomes necessary deal with a contentious issue.
All your team members have intelligence, creativity, and imagination. You can make the best use of those resources by showing them that you value their input and respect their skills.
To get the best out of your team you must “walk the walk” not just “talk the talk. If you expect your team members to arrive on time, then you must be punctual yourself. Try to set the example for your team as your actions and communications set the tone and the culture of your team. Work with your team, listen respectfully, give clear instructions, and acknowledge their contributions. So NOT micromanage!
Prove you are the leader to your team members through your work and not through your attitude or designation. Be inspiring and encouraging not intimidating. Each member of your team should be able to come and speak to you about their concerns or ideas without the fear of being insulted or disrespected in any way. Let everyone have an opportunity to voice their opinions. It is wise not to allow anyone to dominate the group. If that does occur, it is the responsibility of the team leader to provide everyone with an equal opportunity.
Welcome comments and suggestions from your team members. Every team will likely have people who are introverts….it is up to the leader to help and encourage them to express themselves.
Allow breaks. Both the human body and the brain can function effectively for only so long before they need at least a little rest to recharge. A short recess after a fruitful session of hard work is a very good idea, it gives everyone a chance to grab a snack, something to drink and the chance to compute what has transpired before the break. This rejuvenating opportunity will help your team members to perform better overall.
The biggest hindrances to productive work is usually miscommunication between the team members and internal conflicts, which eventually can lead to lower efficiency and productivity. A tired, stressed team cannot perform at a high level. Under such circumstances the team leader can bring back the focus of the team by reinforcing or restating the collective goal.
A very effective method of improving performance levels is by acknowledging the efforts of individual team members and how that impacts the overall performance of the team. Care should be taken that these announcements are not conveyed in a manner that causes resentment or animosity. Never point out individual drawbacks in front of the whole team. Separately discuss with each team member any issues of performance that needs to be improved. There is no point in unnecessarily creating bitterness among team members.
Although there is no ‘I’ in a team, it is crucial to understand that a team is made up of individuals. Building and honing the skills in individuals that are congruent with the needs of the team is critical to the high performance of a team. Collaborating and understanding the key issues facing the team is also key. Cohesion ensures that members in a team work collaboratively towards a common goal. Finally, when a project is complete, be sure to thank your team members and celebrate their dedication, innovation, and success!!!