Synergy among coworkers is an essential theme in any business today. The importance of building team-oriented environment or workforce is not at all questionable.
There are employees who thrive in environments that give them the freedom to collaborate with fellow teammates. This leads to higher productivity and team efficiency.
However, it is quite challenging for most team leaders to implement such an approach whereby all team members cooperate to achieve a common goal. This might call for a paradigm shift in one’s leadership so as to accomplish the task at hand.
That said, below are six ways through which leaders build team-oriented environments.
i). Communicate Company Expectations
As a leader, you need to make it very clear that collaboration and teamwork is the minimum standard. You should also have clearly defined roles and responsibilities for each team member that should be done either individually or collectively. Each member ought to understand their position as well as what is required of them.
In a team-oriented environment, every team member takes responsibility for both good and bad outcomes. This is what is called fostering comradery among team members.
ii). Set Team Goals
It is also important to ensure that concise, measurable and achievable goals are set on a quarterly basis. After setting the goals, ensure the whole team focus on them and how they will be achieved. Ensuring each member focuses on team goals keeps individual efforts aligned with the team’s desired outcomes. As a leader, you should also be ready at all times to re-evaluate goals whenever there is a need to do so.
After each quarter, a report or analysis on performance should be published so that each member is informed on how the team performed as well as what needs to be done.
iii). Foster a Creative Atmosphere
Allow team members to freely question and brainstorm in a non-judgmental way. You should also encourage them to look at obstacles and challenges as being conquerable while nurturing a “we can do” company attitude. As a leader, you should always ask why and why not on a regular basis.
iv). Build Cohesion
Involve every team member when making critical team decisions. You should also create a way of communicating current work flow in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. Additionally, initiating daily team huddles where each team member shares what they aim to achieve at the end of the day is very important because it keeps each member on the same playbook.
v). Know One Another
One undeniable fact is that every team has different skill sets, personality dynamics and experiences. Therefore, it is very important for each member to complete a personality profile. Share the outcomes and discuss both the likes and dislikes of each member with regard to communication. This way team members will know each other better, leading to better understanding and cooperation.
vi). Leverage Team Member Strengths
You need to position each member of the team for success by assigning tasks that play to their respective strengths and careers. This enables the team to achieve more success because each member’s strengths are effectively tapped.
Establishing a team-oriented environment is very essential for the success of a business. The management should also ensure that collaboration remains consistent and purposeful, while the resources are used effectively for success to be sustained.