If you’ve worked in a team before, you probably noticed how diverse its members tend to be. Drawing from distinct backgrounds, each bringing their own strengths and weaknesses to the table, and preferring a different approach to solving any given problem, these people need to learn to work together towards a common goal in order to achieve success, regardless of their current role or past experience.
The key element is the leader. A strong leader is the glue that holds the team together and guides them towards finding their motivation to work as a team. The goal is to improve the team’s efficiency and make it more productive.
While this is a process that requires patience and constancy, we have prepared a list of six easy tips to help you turn any team into a well-oiled machine.
- Provide training
Providing adequate training to your team members will give them the confidence they need to complete their work faster and with fewer errors. Furthermore, training programs and events will help them develop new skills which will benefit the company, while making them feel that the company takes an interest in their personal and professional development.
- Encourage communication and collaboration
A little competition within the team doesn’t hurt, but your goal is to make team members feel comfortable working together and sharing ideas. Encourage communication and ideas exchange within the team and, if possible, assign collaborative tasks based on individual strengths and weaknesses. Not only will this help you get better results, but it will also help teach team members how to overcome their weak points.
- Conduct team building activities
Beyond working as a team, bonding outside the office will help break the ice and strengthen the ties between team members. This will prove very useful during difficult moments, when trust and good work relationships within the team can really make a difference.
- Define clear and attainable goals
The newer the team, the less room for confusion. Be as clear as you can when you are communicating goals and, in order to keep your team highly motivated make sure that they are also realistic. You can tell if the goals you set are attainable if most of your team members reach their goals without having to work extra or neglecting other tasks that fall under their responsibility.
- Offer recognition
Employees who are given recognition for their work will develop a stronger feeling of belonging to the company and team. Offer recognition even for small successes – this will strengthen the feeling of self-worth of your employees and will encourage them to get more involved in the day-to-day tasks.
- Listen to your team
While the team leader should have the final say in any decision, that is not to say that he shouldn’t hear his team out. It’s critical that you listen to what your team has to say. We all have our own set of needs or ideas and we all like to feel that we are allowed to discuss them. Make them feel they can share their thoughts with you. This will help you bond with the team and will also have a positive impact on team productivity.
Obviously, there are many other ways to increase productivity of your team. These are just some of the way in which you can help increase your team’s efficiency and performance and we encourage you to explore different solutions based on the specific goals of your team.