Creating a better team dynamic within your company starts with communication, amity and leadership
Employees work their best when they’re working together — not acting in their own self-interest but in the spirit of teamwork: communicating, collaborating and making progress towards shared goals.
However teamwork isn’t something you can just count on just showing up, and it definitely doesn’t happen by accident. In order for teamwork to exist you have to facilitate and grow it. You have to create a company culture in which the only way for the individual to succeed is through unity with the whole team.
Building a team mentality isn’t an overnight process, and will take continual work and refinement. That being said, there are some things you can do to help your employees build a better team dynamic.
- Fully communicate the goals of your team. If you expect everyone to work together, it’s very important to demonstrate to them what exactly they’re working towards. Always ensure that you regularly express your company’s goals through regular meetings or daily chats. It also helps to implement a more comprehensive team mission statement or vision statement to provide a clear focus.
- Clearly define job responsibilities in terms of collaboration. Instead of telling an employee that his or her job is to complete the filing, tell him or her that their job is to work with Jordan and Jennifer on doing the filing. Define all responsibilities in terms of the team dynamic, and make it perfectly clear that you don’t want work to be done in a solitary way.
- Lead by example. If you want your employees to collaborate, it’s important that you demonstrate a spirit of collaboration yourself. Get your hands in the muck and work alongside your team members, encouraging them to critique you and accept their feedback without negativity.
- Ensure your team members feel valued. Make sure that you’re providing team members with tasks or responsibilities that play to their unique strengths. Celebrate the achievements of your team and give positive and public affirmation for members who do exceptional work.
- Offer additional training. Make sure that your employees have plenty of opportunities to develop their skills within the company. Team training can be a very powerful connecting process.
- Encourage outside socialization. Not everyone likes traditional team-building exercises, like capture the flag and trust falls, but you should give your team members opportunities to socialize. Whether it be quarterly get-togethers like barbecues or golf tournaments or bi-weekly drinks at the local pub — even small opportunities to create a social dynamic can have outstanding results!
- Welcome feedback. Make sure that your team members know that you welcome their feedback — and that there are no such things as “dumb” or “stupid” comments, questions or observations. This allows your team members to feel involved in the decision making process.
Developing a positive team mentality won’t happen without some nurturing and positive affirmation, but once it starts to progress you’ll find that it’s more than worth the effort.