The workplace is probably one of the grandest playgrounds in society. In order to departments strengthen, grow and compatible a certain amount of team building is necessary. This doesn’t mean you all have to be best buddies and meet every Friday for a drink after work or have frequent corporate team days out, it just means having respect and engorgement for each other and their duties, and a common goal that you can all work towards.
Highlighted are some of the key factors that make team building work in a successful way:
Accountability – When teams commit to a clear plan of action and designate their area of expertise to fulfil their role to their best ability this adds positively and generally enhances productivity overall for the good of the team. It also allows those most focused and driven individuals to call their peers on actions and behaviours, making them accountable to the team, and if they are not pulling their weight the team can help strengthen individuals to rectify the situation, hopefully without conflict.
Commitment – Team members need to commit to decisions, plans, ideas and agreed schedules and deadlines, this then creates an environment where contentment and structure prevails. Lack of direction and commitment can make employees, particularly star employees, disgruntled.
Trust – Just like any great relationship, trust is of paramount importance. When team members are reluctant to be vulnerable with one another they are also unwilling to admit their mistakes, weaknesses or needs for help. Without a certain comfort level among team members, a foundation of trust is impossible. So good open discussion is necessary and on a daily basis, each individual keeps to their word and to the plan in hand.
Communication – Keeping the airwaves open is vital to keeping a project on track and explaining thoughts clearly and openly, so each individual player can feel comfortable to express themselves within the group. Communicating within a successful team enables everyone to transfer knowledge, understand the work, provide feedbacks and brainstorm, ultimately making instruction and process that much easier for each individual.
Attention to detail – Team members naturally tend to put their own needs (ego, career development, recognition, etc.) ahead of the collective goals of the team when individuals aren’t held accountable. For a team to truly reach significant achievement, the details need to be adhered to from everyone involved with a joint interest so nothing is missed, egos can be satisfied collectively too.