How to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace With Easy Tricks

How to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace
Teamwork is one of the most important essence of a successful organization. Absence of teamwork can lead to a lot of problems in the organization. This article will help you bring together the strengths of various individuals working in the organization and put them together to become an unbeatable team.
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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2018
"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." ~ Babe Ruth

Gone are the days when organizations assigned individual tasks to each and every employee based on their hierarchy and let them alone to fulfill what is given to them. These days the organizations, both big and small, have realized that it is only through proper teamwork and commitment that one can work towards achieving both organizational as well as individual goals. The aforementioned quote by Babe Ruth clearly tries to make a very valid point. The way I interpret it as is that even if you hire the best of employees and assign them individual tasks, it won't yield the desired results as compared to the results that can be derived when they are united as a team. The approach to give importance to teamwork is based on the human mindset and thinking. Even you would agree to the fact that you would be more enthusiastic for working with people whom you connect with and have a sense of belonging. The whole purpose of introducing the concept of teamwork in an organization is based on this perception.

Simple Ways to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace

As easy as the term 'teamwork' sounds or spells, it is equally difficult to bind a team together and channelize their individual strengths with proper coordination and consistency. The most challenging part is to understand the needs and expectations of each and every individual and bring them at the team level so that all can move forward together. The problem is that what may seem right to team member A, may seem absolutely inappropriate to team member B. Therefore, the first and foremost step should be to select a team leader that can understand, counsel, convince and motivate each of the team member to work together as one. So what can be done to improve teamwork in the workplace?

A Team that Plays together Stays Together
Although the relationship that the team members share in the workplace is completely professional and work oriented, but then it is human to seek some 'play time' in the midst of workload and team targets. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy..., so if you want to eliminate the dullness in your team members and rejuvenate them to work with all their enthusiasm, then include some fun activities in the team at regular basis. You can introduce some interesting games wherein your team can interact in an informal basis. You can even give away some prizes and coupons to the winning pair, or conduct inter team competitions. The sense of winning as a team informally will also motivate the workers to work together to achieve their goals in a formal way also.

A Team that Connects Emotionally, Works with Oneness even Physically
Building an emotional relationship within the team members is of vital importance. I mean the logic is simple enough, if I usually give my 90% to work with people I don't connect with emotionally, I will give more than my 100% while working with people I actually share a healthy emotional and professional bond with! Therefore, you must focus on knowing your team members at a personal level. Arrange for a weekly or monthly lunch or dinner with your team members. Talk to them like a friend. Let them connect with each other in an emotional level. Taking a personal example, here at Buzzle, we have one day every week wherein we can do everything else except for work. We interact with all the employees, the management tries to know through the employees as to what can be done to make them more happy. There are fun games and team activities that allow us to understand each other at a personal level, eventually leading to a sense of belonging with each other. This is what keeps us buzzing all the time!

A Team has No 'I's... It Only Understands 'We'
Although the team consists of various individuals having their individual expectations and needs, but if the aforementioned ways are successfully implemented, then there is no individual in a team... there are just a 'united team'. The team leader plays a very important role in this. He has to keep addressing each and every member of the team together as 'one'. For example, instead of saying I am happy with you, he should say, the entire team is happy with what we have achieved together as a team. These simple ways of addressing the team during team meetings or huddles can actually help this 'togetherness' sink in to the minds of all the employees. So, if the team has performed well, everyone deserves equal treat, and if the performance has declined, everyone should be given equal motivation and things should be addressed to all as 'one'.

Successful Teams Consists of Clarity, Commitment and Consistency
In order to be a successful team, each and every member should be clear in terms of what is expected of him when it comes to contributing for the team success. There should be an inbuilt commitment to perform at the best of their capabilities all the time. But in order to be clear, committed and consistent, the management or the team leader should make sure that there are regular meetings taking place to keep the team members updated and motivated. Compete with other teams to bring in a sense of competitive spirit so that the employees may give in their best. And make sure that you make sure to give all the employees any kind of help and support that they need to improve their performance.

Together Each One Achieves More
No matter how much one contributes towards being successful as a team, if individual goals are not fulfilled, the employee or the team member will eventually get demoralized and demotivated to work with the team, which would eventually affect the team goals and targets. Therefore, the management should constantly remind the team members as to how their success as a team can actually contribute towards fulfilling their individual goals. For example, for some money is the ultimate motivation while on the other hand, some crave for appreciation and promotion. So give your employees and your team due reward, be it monetary or non-monetary to show them that teamwork comes down to total growth and success.

Just remember, you are dealing with humans with emotions and expectations. So if those emotions can lead to trouble in coordination, those emotions can also boost the employees to give in their 100% towards the success of the team. So just let them know that you value them together, you care about them, their opinion matters in the organization, and that the organization wouldn't be complete if they weren't in it. I hope this article helped you understand as to how you can promote teamwork at workplace. To conclude I would just like to quote the following. "Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it." ~ Bill Bradley
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