Teamwork, creating effective work circles

green-link-chain-shows-strength-security.jpgIn our complex, fast-moving, technology-driven world, collaboration and teams have never been as important as they are now. Teamwork is a very strong element of success in any kind of business or organization. A group of highly talented individuals is not a team. A group of people all brilliant at what they do as individuals can still fail if they do not work together effectively.

So, how can you find ways to get along and create a successful team?

Create a 'We' culture
Team building starts at the top. If senior executives encourage an environment where the organization uses less "I" and more "we" in how they communicate, everyone will feel supported, included and important to the organization.

Defined roles
Each team member should know exactly what he or she must do on a day-to-day basis so that the team achieves its goals. Without that clarity, team members will work at cross-purposes and trip each other up.

It's all about the right team
Studies have indicated that larger teams are more effective. Big teams do have the advantage of drawing on more skill sets, but a larger group of people can also have more trouble reaching a consensus. Small teams can foster closer working relationships. It's therefore critical to consider the goal when selecting the number of team members. For a small project, you might only need three or four members. Larger, longer-term projects may require a dozen or more members.

Admit your mistakes
It is human to make mistakes, so you should not be afraid to admit that you have made a mistake. One mistake made and corrected will save everyone else in the team from repeating the same mistake. It is important to create an environment that allows for mistakes and turns them into learning opportunities for all.

Clear communications
Without effective team communication, even the most talented group of people cannot reach its full potential. The extra effort teams spend intentionally creating an excellent environment for communication can pay big dividends in the early days of team formation as well as in forging long-term relationships.

Your office or workplace is where you spend many hours of your life, so getting along and working productively with your colleagues is very important. If you feel that you need to change to a different team, we can help. Communicate Recruitment specialise in the Finance, IT, Engineering and Supply Chain/Freight industries. Contact us today.