In any work environment, collaboration between employees is crucial to getting the job done. Unfortunately, not every office encourages this enough. Company culture may not always be conducive to effective teamwork, and if this goes on long enough, employees may fall into the habit of working largely alone rather than as part of a productive team. Creating a culture of teamwork is a non-negotiable part of the job.
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Building a Productive Team
You can’t wait for your employees to start working as an effective team immediately. The process takes time, effort, and encouragement from you as the employer. To encourage teamwork in the workplace, start with a few proven strategies:
- Define everyone’s roles
- Celebrate accomplishments
- Identify & encourage strengths
- Set definite goals
1) Define Everyone’s Roles
Part of being on a team is knowing what the team expects from you. This goes for employee teams especially. Make it clear what each individual employee was hired to do and make sure they take responsibility to get their specific job done.
2) Celebrate Accomplishments
Positive reinforcement works wonders! Congratulate the team for a job well done after a tough project is completed or everyone puts in extra effort to meet a deadline. Provide rewards as incentives and consider scheduling fun team-building activities too. Show your team you appreciate all their work for you.
3) Identify & Encourage Strengths
No one is truly a jack of all trades. When someone is assigned to a job they have no experience or expertise with doing, they will struggle and the results will likely suffer. Don’t expect everyone to shoulder any type of work without any warning! Learn what your employees are good at and give them those jobs. They’ll get more practice, and you’ll get a more productive team.
4) Set Definite Goals
Work and productivity feel more meaningful when the team knows they’re working toward a defined goal. The more specific, the better. This helps employees visualize both their deadline and the work required to meet it. Keep everyone updated on your short-term and long-term goals and celebrate when they’re met.
A More Connected Office
As work-from-home routines continue for many people, teamwork is more important than ever. The need doesn’t change because of where the employees are located. Continue to encourage teamwork and effective collaboration no matter the circumstance.