Published Date: 06/23/2014
By Persis Swift
You’ve worked on teams since grade school. Some of your experiences with teams have been rewarding, leading to success, and some have been unpleasant, leading to unresolved conflicts and missed opportunities.
As an HR professional, you know that there are many teams within your organization. Knowing how to shape teams to benefit the productivity of your company will help your employees reach business goals more creatively, collaboratively and efficiently.
Back in grade school, there was always at least one member of the team who didn’t pull his weight. Laziness should not be permitted in the workplace. A well-engineered team can accelerate problem-solving and propel innovation to create unprecedented success for your organization. So, it is important for all staff members to play their parts.
Try implementing some of the techniques below to invoke positive team-building skills at your organization:
Make measurable goals. Unattainable goals will take a team nowhere. Base your team objectives on prior business performance and the strengths of each member. Aggressiveness for obtaining goals is good, but being unrealistic in aspirations will waste time.
Identify expectations. Delegation and accountability are essential for maintaining a great team dynamic. Make sure everyone knows their role and what they are responsible for in order to meet deadlines and achieve results.
Advocate for open communication. One of the greatest benefits of team work is the diversity and creativity that comes from bringing people of various backgrounds and skill sets together. However, this also means that conflict can occur. Encourage each team member to express their opinions and ideas freely while also listening and respecting the views of others.
Don’t settle. It is excellent when teams assemble strong workflows that yield many positive outcomes. Having success is satisfying, but you can always work harder to attain better results or develop a more productive process. Periodically hold discussions with team members to see if there are areas in which the group can improve and grow.
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