How does that saying go? O yes, “teamwork makes the dream work!”. However, what happens if your team isn’t quite working as a team?
According to Clear Company, 97 percent of employees and executives believe lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcomes of a task or project. As well as, 75% of employers rate teamwork and collaboration as “very important”, yet only 18% of employees get communication evaluations at their performance reviews. To simplify, teamwork greatly impacts the outcome of a project. However, when it comes down to it, employers say that they are evaluating teamwork more than they actually are. How as an employer do you collaborate your team?
First, you need to make communication a priority. Imagine a sports team going throughout a whole game and not saying one word to each other. It would be very hard for them to be successful and win. The same idea applies in the workplace. If each teammates role isn’t communicated, they will not know what part they play in making the business successful. Mistakes happen when a team miscommunicates with each other about projects, ideas, and problems that need to be solved.
Second, clarify team roles. Knowing everyone’s team role eliminates competition and jealousy. It creates an environment for creativity, efficiency and flexibility. You can clarify team roles by reviewing the roles frequently, communicating expectations of each team member and their purpose, learn what other team members do best and then figure out the best ways to help each other. Vince Lombardi once said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Third, trust each other. The work place has to be an open and safe environment where team members can bounce ideas off of each other. Talking behind each other’s back’s and lying creates a negative work environment. Give your team members the benefit of the doubt. No one is perfect and as humans we make mistakes, but in order for your teammates to trust you, you have to trust them first.
Finally, do team building activities. Whether it is getting lunch together, doing problem solving or getting to know each other activities, taking time to build relationships with one another can create a more successful work environment. According to Harvard Business Review social time turns out to be deeply critical to team performance, often accounting for more than 50 percent of positive changes in communication patterns.
Collaborating the perfect team is not an easy task. Varying personalities can make for interesting interactions, but as long as everyone knows their role and the common goal of the company your teamwork could make your company’s dreams work.
By: Christa Vandenburgh