5 Simple Steps to Improve Teamwork

Are you looking to improve teamwork? Is your team motivated, energised and enthusiastic? Does your team work well together? Do they look forward to coming to work each day to be a part of the process? If not, it’s time to develop better teamwork and reignite team spirit.

Great teams don’t just happen. Teams are comprised of people. People need to feel both needed and wanted. One of the key factors in getting the most out of your employees is for them to realize they make a difference.

Have you ever wondered why some teams are so quick to work together and others are not? It’s not just down to the manager each and every team member has a responsibility for the effectiveness of the overall team. Each person can add value or can detract from the performance of the team. Ultimately, it’s about the chemistry. When the chemistry is right, teams tend to work more effectively.

5 Simple Steps to Improve Teamwork

  1. Share responsibility among all team members: This is one of the easiest ways to get the team to develop mutual accountability. If team members know they must count on each other, each member will work hard because they don’t want to be the one to let the team down.
  1. Get everyone to understand each person’s strengths: This will aid in getting everyone to work together and build on each other’s strengths and improve overall team performance. We cannot all share the same strength so when Sharon’s strength can assist Bob in an area he doesn’t have a particular strength in, it creates a win-win for the team.
  1. Get each team member on the same page: Too often team members don’t understand how what they do plays into the bigger picture of the organisation. This is critical. Your team will be able to think more critically and problem-solve better when they understand the part their contribution makes to the company as a whole.
  1. Encourage members to praise each other: Like Canadian Geese that honk along their flight, it is important for team members to motivate and encourage each other. One of the largest misconceptions in business today is that motivation must come from management. Motivation must come from within, and each member can play a part in increasing others’ desires to improve and be self-motivated.
  1. Humanise each team member: This one is a little sticky with some employees because they feel they are there to work and not to socialise. While on the surface this is 100% correct, it has been shown that when employees know something about each other as people, they are quicker to empathise and help each other out. One key factor here—don’t press the issue with someone who absolutely does not want to share.

With these tips you should be able to start that journey which will enable you to improve teamwork and get more from your team.

Are You Inspiring Your Team?

Job satisfaction doesn’t always mean financial rewards. Many people attribute being happy with their jobs and feeling like they are a valuable part of the team as what gives them job satisfaction. Being appreciated consistently and getting feedback on their performance can affect a business’ chance of keeping employees motivated.

Are you inspiring your team so that they stay motivated and engaged? Often you or your managers will forget to encourage and reward the team members to keep them motivated. Motivation is often just using some type of common sense.

Here are 12 ways to inspire your team members to be motivated and engaged.

1. Keep your promises to them. If you made certain promises when you hired them, and you should have, then your employees expect you to keep your promises. Things like pay, working conditions and job security are basic expectations.

2. Challenge your team members. Those employees who are the most sought after seek challenges to help them grow and learn.

3. Don’t use fear as a way to motivate. Making your team members fear the loss of their job will only lower morale and energy levels.

4. Use their creativity as a motivator. Give them projects that let them use their own creativity.

5. Don’t be too strict and formal with your rules. You should have clear standards set and stick to them fairly but you also need to allow for a little wiggle room.

6. Know your team member’s personal goals and values. This lets you see how you can inspire them and keep them motivated. Pay attention to their lives outside of work. Showing them they are valued as team players and you will gain their respect.

7. Outline clear career paths for each team member.

8. Make sure your team members have what they need and want. Don’t take for granted they have all the tools, training they need or the support they need from their supervisors.

9. Keep the lines of communication open. Make sure you offer plenty training sessions, send out regular newsletters, use memos and regular meetings. Ask questions and if they don’t understand or are confused about something, find a way to get the message to them in another format or wording.

10. Coach them for success. Practice random acts of kindness. Give useful but positive feedback often. Give feedback in a way that encourages your team members to continue doing good work. If you must give negative feedback, do it quickly and privately. Don’t discuss problems while other members are present. Don’t forget to say “Thank you” to team members who have done a good job.

11. Treat all your team members the same way and with respect and trust. Use your best judgment and experience when problems arise. When you make a mistake apologize and admit you’re wrong. Your team members will relate to this and you will earn their respect for being honest.

12. Make work fun. Smile. Making work fun lets people be more relaxed. That let’s get more work done since they are more likely to enjoy themselves.

No matter how many team members you have, you may well see your turnover rate will drop drastically if employees are happy in their jobs. They try hard to be better at what they are doing, employee morale stays high and your business will be more enjoyable for all involved.