What Is It?
Teamwork is often defined as the process of working with a group of people to achieve a set target or goal. Within in any organisation, teamwork is fundamentally the key to success. If employees are pulling in different directions then goals and strategies will quickly diminish. It’s inevitable that members of a team will not always see eye to eye with each other therefore conflict will occur, the question is though, how can an organisation harness this energy and put it to use so that staff, customers and the company see an overall benefit to the product and service provided? Here we look at effective ways to improve teamwork.
The age old saying informs that there is no ‘I’ in team and this statement will forever allow many to analyze the situations in which problems may occur. Obviously in a working environment it can be difficult to trial out new ways of working or ideas, so consider placing employees in ‘test zone’. Implement a time or day into the working month where colleagues can get together to undertake training. Here set tasks or mini games which require participants to work as a team. For example, a person is about to set out on a mountain hike, as a team work together on what items (from a provided list) this mountaineer should take to ensure safety. An observer will be able to see what roles each individual takes and how these roles could be implemented further within the organisation. Group challenges also allow employees to resolve any conflict which have possibly occurred within the working environment further allowing for answers and actions on best practise to improve this situation.
Team Away Days
Getting away from the working environment can be the perfect respite for any organisation to focus and reevaluate team roles. Training Venue Brighton for instance, specialise in providing private venues which are adapted for the sole purpose of providing businesses with the capabilities to hosting a training day. Team days can allow companies and individuals to set short and long term goals and the best practises in which these can be achieved. Like group challenges and training days, team away days can provide the perfect platform to resolve any issues which may have established within the workplace.
To be part of an effective team doesn’t necessarily mean you have to like everyone within the team but to simply work with them to achieve optimum results. During this phase an outside management figure should observe what behaviours are currently being used and consider which behaviours should be incorporated to ensure goals and successes are met. This could simply be a lack of communication or varying types of communication styles are being used when only one form is necessary. By having that outsider view will allow for effective decisions to be made with no judgement or favoritism involved.
Essentially all teams are aiming to work to the best of their ability and achieve individual and corporate goals. If a person of management level can set aside a time within the month to observe behaviours and functions of a team this will allow for actions and implementations to take place to improve performance and output.
Luke Snow works a motivational business coach working with management on best practices for teams to perform to their maximum ability