Tips on how to ensure effective teamwork in the workplace.
Did you know that lack of teamwork not only impacts relationships but has a huge negative impact on how you can do your work, particularly when you need other people to help you?
In this article, I’m going to share with you my tried and true tips on how to ensure effective teamwork in the workplace. Now, if you’re excited to learn more about teamwork, let’s get to it.
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Share the spotlight and celebrate.
Yes, This is important for effective teams. You want people to get the recognition they deserve for the great work that they’re doing. It is demotivating when you’re putting in a lot of hard work and energy and no one recognizes it.
So ensuring that you do that, particularly when you’re leading a team, but even better yet, even if you’re someone who is on a team and is a team member, do it for each other. It doesn’t always have to come from the leader and ensure as well that you celebrate those milestones, have those celebrations in place.
It could be as simple as sending out a congratulatory email like hey guys, we made it to the next stage. It could be bringing in snacks for lunch or sending people gifts in regards to having like a voucher for lunch. If your company allows that because I know every company has different policies.
So just ensure that the recognition and celebration are there because people do want to know they’re doing a good job and it’s important that you recognize it as a leader as well as as a team member.
Use project management tools.
Projects are all about your team and how they perform and if you want an effective team, then definitely start adopting project management techniques and tools to help you.
You don’t necessarily have to be in a project to use project management tools. You can just have a departmental team and you guys are executing some stuff. Start using some of those tools and techniques.
One tool particularly is a scope template. Now a scope template defines exactly what it is that you’re doing. Now for a non-project, if you have an initiative, what exactly are you doing? What’s in and what’s out? What’s the background justification? That information is alone given to your team members so that they can do their own thing is going to be huge because it helps them be effective.
They’re not guessing at what has to be delivered or worse yet, assuming what has to be delivered. That’s always a bad thing, are assumptions.
Communication is key.
If you’re going to have an effective
team and have effective teamwork, your team needs to know how to communicate and you have to think about this. Never assume that people will communicate. Why?
We get really busy in our worlds and now that we have hybrid ways of working, where we have people working virtually, people working in the office, we’re a little more silo than if we were all working together in an office where we can bump into each other in hallways and meetings and stuff of that nature.
So communication becomes key. Ensure that you have a place to put announcements so that people can go to it, and know what’s happening. If you’re a manager or a leader of a team, ensure that you are sharing with everyone what the latest news is that’s going to impact them. If you’re a team member and you have something that’s going to impact your teammates, ensure that at the appropriate time, you can share that information. That’s going to help immensely.
If you don’t have a communication policy already or kind of like a way of working that you want to integrate into your teams, I highly recommend you consider that. So just understand that that helps with effective teamwork.
People don’t realize particularly when you’re doing team activities. A lot of our activities are dependencies, whether we’re dependent on someone or someone’s dependent upon us.
So when we procrastinate, because there are days it happens, we need to be aware that if we’re going to have effective teams and be effective with our teamwork, we have to be respectful of deadlines and be cognizant.
Is what I’m doing impacting anybody else? Do they have to wait for me to be completed my task? So really keep that in your mind and when you’re making those decisions as to when you’re going to get things done because we don’t live in our little world siloed when we’re in teams, we’re usually supporting each other and we’re building off of each other’s work. So you mustn’t procrastinate and respect those deadlines so other people can get their work too. That just makes an effective team.
Honesty is the best policy.
If you want an effective team and you want to have effective teamwork, it is so important that people feel safe. Because if I always have to look over my shoulder and wonder if I’m going to get stabbed in the back because we don’t have trust in our team, it makes moving things forward very difficult for the team.
I’ve been on many projects where we are developing teams and we’ve gone through the forming stage where everyone is polite and then gets into our storming stage, which is the next stage of team development, and guess what? We don’t have trust. We’re not open and honest.
Some people have hidden agendas. So you have to take a look at what are you bringing to this particular team? How are you behaving? Honesty, you also open yourself up to vulnerability. So it’s important that the leader of your team, whether it’s a manager, a project manager, or a team lead understands this and sets the tone and promotes this honesty.
But it has to be done across the board always. You can’t be selective with it because then people will know that there’s no trust. So just be honest, really come forward. You can professionally do things. You don’t have to make yourself vulnerable all the time in the sense of you have to tell every little thing, your darkest secrets, things of that nature. I’m not talking about that type of honesty, but if things aren’t going well, share with your team. With these tips on how to ensure effective teamwork in the workplace, you are good to go.