Increase Workplace Teamwork to Increase Productivity

Posted December 06, 2013

The success of a business relies on the ability of its employees to work together toward a common goal. Whether you’re a C-level executive or an aspiring leader, knowing how to foster collaboration and create synergy is essential.  Avoid frustration and inefficiencies by keeping your team motivated and held accountable with these teamwork improving tips.

Implement Recognition Programs for Positive Performance
Keep the team empowered by recognizing their hard work and showing that you appreciate them.  Start with telling each team member what they bring to the project and why you respect what they do.  Give them the incentive to keep working hard by rewarding great performance. Consider giving the team small tokens of appreciation such as hats or t-shirts with the team or project name on them.  If you praise the team and deliver rewards their job will have more value, and it’ll boost the team effort.

Outline Clear Roles for Each Employee
In order for a team to be effective, each member needs to have an outlined set of responsibilities.  Before the project begins, assign each person a role according to their abilities. Understanding eachothers’ roles on the project helps people work collaboratively.  Give the team a chance to delegate work on their own and consult with them regarding the practicality of their workload.  This will make sure everyone has realistic expectations.

Mediate Disputes
As much as you try to avoid it, there are going to be times when teammates disagree.  Form a contingency plan ahead of time that outlines how disputes should be handled.  Having set guidelines on how to settle disagreements will provide a baseline and make sure all situations are handled fairly.  Ask the group to provide clear documentation of any problems that arise and listen to their suggestions on how the situation should be improved.  By being proactive and stressing the importance of focusing on solutions, you’ll enhance accountability and keep from creating a culture of blame.

Encourage Team Building Exercises on Break of After Work
Team activities are a great way to build a sense of camaraderie among workers. When teammates get to know and trust each other, the team spirit that emanates is absolutely energizing. From simple activities such as going out to lunch together to extracurricular activities like joining a rec softball league, you can encourage the team to spend time together not talking about the project.  The more members can relate to one another outside of work, the stronger bond they’ll develop as a team at work.

The most successful teams are made up of the right group of talented individuals working together.  Therefore, the foundation of a great team begins with hiring the best employees.  Since 1989, All Team Staffing has been providing employers with top notch job candidates and has an increasing database of trusted employees.  Contact All Team Staffing today to learn more about customized staffing solutions for your organization.