Work Culture in Flux: Creating a Cohesive Team in Today’s Rapidly Changing Business World
If you run a business or manage people, you know the importance of having a team that works well together and respects one another. Great teams help make everything run more smoothly and jobs get done with efficiency and enthusiasm.
The problem, as you may already know, is that it can be very difficult to build that cohesive team. Different personalities, different work ethics, and different work styles can be a hard thing to meld into one team that does what needs to be done. The good news is that are a few tried-and-true methods that you can try to build a team or to keep a team you already have from falling apart. Here are some of the ways you can help improve your team building.
Find the Right Roles
Whether it’s in the business world or the sporting world, having the right people in the right roles is the first step to success: if you fail to fit the roles to the people, you run the risk of bogging the team down waiting for someone who is out of place to catch up.
Having the right skill to choose the right people comes down to you: the manager, the team leader. You need to be able to distinguish which roles are right for which people. This can be a very difficult task in itself and may take the time to get the hang of. If you keep trying, though, eventually you will be able to see which types of personalities are best for different tasks, which will, in turn, make your teams stronger and more efficient.
Whatever your confidence level, try to suss out who fits where as best you can. You can talk to other employees to find out strengths and weaknesses, or if they are a new hire, you can talk to their former employers for useful information.
Good, healthy communication is the key to any team success: not only does it keep each team member informed on what is expected of them and their progress, but it will also help you find any sticking points or problems that can ruin the project.
Try to have a meeting every so often so every team member can talk and ask questions. This will help keep everyone on task and informed on what else is going on.
Of course, you don’t want to get bogged down in meetings, either. No one likes sitting through five meetings a week and, besides, when you’re in meetings, real work isn’t getting finished. Instead, you can set up a group email that people can check in with every day and keep everyone else updated on the status of their part of the project. There are also plenty of apps out there that help coordinate team communications that you can use.
One of the worst things you can do to team members is to make them feel as if their work is unappreciated. There’s really no excuse for it, because it’s so simple to let people know when they’ve done a good job.
So celebrate all of your team successes. Meet or beat a deadline? Send out a congratulatory email to the entire team specifically mentioning the member or members or contributed. Reached a major milestone in a project? Take your team out to lunch or dinner to celebrate. Every little thing you can do to show your team members that they are appreciated will show them that you care about their success, which will motivate them even more to do a great job.
Don’t let a project suffer because the team doesn’t feel appreciated.
Stay on Task
The longer the project, the harder it is to stay on task. It’s that simple: people start to lose interest and motivation, the team runs into problems that take extra time to solve. It’s frustrating, but as a manager, you need to stay on top of everything.
There’s software out there, like this EOS implementer, that can help you stay on task. Programs like this will help you plan a project from start to finish so you know when you are veering off schedule and need to get back to the tasks at hand. It will help you keep track of deadlines and data so that you will always know where your team stands and what needs to be done.
Building a great team can be difficult, but if you remember this advice, you may build your best team yet.
Jack Hodgson started his tech startup several years ago and since then has hit the ground running! Now ready to share some business knowledge with the outside world, Jack is contributing to some business blogs.