“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –-Andrew Carnegie
Behind every successful company is a great team of people working towards a shared vision. The nature of teamwork may have changed over time, but its importance is still prevalent today. Working in a team has many benefits:
- Sharing workload, decreasing individual time spent on projects
- Providing and receiving regular feedback, resulting in higher quality of work
- Opportunity for learning and sharing ideas
- Better overall morale
- Increased accountability, as individuals rely on each other to get projects over the line
Effective teams require some nurturing, however. It is important to keep teams working together, communicating effectively and looking to achieve the same goals. Regularly assessing teams is a great starting point, ensuring that any issues that might hinder efficiency are addressed promptly. Regular team building activities is also a great investment as they provide opportunities for people to bond and develop stronger relationships.
When thinking about effective team building, keep some key things in mind.
A team without a shared vision is just a group of individuals working alone. It’s important that your workplace has a team who believes in the vision of what your company stands for and what it is working towards. Make sure everyone is on the same page as the company. A common vision is the foundation of an effective team.
Setting shared goals can be a fantastic way to get your team/s fired up! These goals will foster collaboration and give your team give the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other. Rewarding staff for achieving set goals will also increase perceived value of their work and increase staff morale.
It’s important that managers, owners and entrepreneurs know when to follow up with their employees. Communicating regularly with your team is crucial in making sure everyone is on track and feels valuable to the team. Ongoing support from managers will build trust and allow for open communications within the company.
Take it outside
Getting to know your team should be fun! Organising an outdoor team building activity, such as a company Amazing Race, will build teamwork and leadership skills, and allow people to get to know each other outside the usual work environment. Plus fresh air with a change of scenery can really help boost productivity.
Your teams can also get to know the executives and leaders in the company on a more personal level. This can also build trust and increase employees’ respect and ability relate to the leaders of the business.
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