Getting goals achieved in any organization depends on individuals completing their given tasks on time and with competence. This will usually involve working with others as a team and then reporting or passing on completed projects to supervisors or managers who then handle things with senior management. All this is not possible without a spirit of team work which is why team building is important. It makes a difference in several ways;
- It promotes good communication so that everyone on the team understands what they are needed to do, where to get what they need to do it, who to collaborate with and where to get help should they need it.
- It keeps employees motivated to perform because they don’t want to be the one who lets the team down.
- It promotes creativity as team members exchange and sound off ideas. This keeps team members engaged and an organization benefits from having new perspectives and approaches.
- Team building also develops skills for solving problems. A looming crisis can be averted when everyone on a team contributes towards resolving as compared to individuals mulling over it each in their own corner.
- Working as a team also breaks barriers. If there is a disconnect between employees and management which is not uncommon especially in large organizations, working in teams with someone in management makes employees feel that they have access to management and can voice their challenges and concerns. When there is free and open interaction, there are no sides, just one big team working towards the same goals.
There are several ways to go about team building and some work better than others. One of the most effective methods is what is done as the Well Done method. This term is actually an acronym where every letter stands for something.
What will motivate?
It is not possible to build a team without understanding what motivates them. What do workers appreciate in a work environment: is it flexible working hours and earning bonuses? What don’t they appreciate; is it not getting any assistance in pursuing higher education or getting financial assistance when faced with an emergency?
Employees will remain highly productive if they feel that there is an interest in them. Do your know what their career goals are and is your organization supporting them to achieve them or do they feel they are easily replaceable and not valued?
It is important that an organization has a way of measuring and rewarding effort periodically. This will keep them working for excellent rather than good enough. Highlight achievements and reward them with bonuses, gift cards or other tangible way.
Learn How To Turn the Negative Around
Instead of focusing on negatives like unmet targets or deadlines, focus more on what has been done even as you point out weaknesses and problems.
Rather than apportion blame, point out mistakes and failures gently and suggest alternative approaches to handling ways. Pointing a finger is demoting and never helps in team building. Review goals and plans before concluding that an employee is incapable.
Openly Trust- Have sincerity, patience and honesty
Always keep your word. If you make a promise, keep it. False hopes and broken promises reduce motivation.
If employees feel that they are valued and trusted, they will work to hold on to this and bring up issues that would compromise an organization if they were not raised.
Enjoy what you do
Enthusiasm can be passed on. A happy, positive team leader will inspire the same in those who work for them, clients and every party involved.