Three tips for teamwork success
It is often said that relationships deliver the greatest rewards. There is certainly no more appropriate location for this mantra than in the workplace, where hours upon hours of your day are spent among your colleagues. Perhaps you get on with your team socially; maybe you stay silent, work hard and have a mutual respect for one another. Either way teamwork is key to achieving business goals and, without these social or economical workplace relationships, a team cannot produce results.
As a result, here is a handful of tips that managers should be mindful of when attempting to stimulate teamwork in the office.

Commitment
To get the cogs turning in a team, each team member needs to be committed to the cause. About.com suggests managers should be asking themselves: "Do team members want to participate in the group? Do they perceive that they had a choice about working on a particular team?"

Even if team members did not have a choice about participating, they should at least have a stake in setting the direction, goals and choices of the team. If workers feel they are making a difference, they are more likely to knuckle down and work hard to achieve set goals. This also creates value; if team members perceive their work as being valuable, they are more likely to strive towards working together.

Leadership development
According to Reliable Plant, encouraging individual leadership development can be a great way to stimulate true teamwork. The guide claims managers should not give direct orders to workers but ask questions to guide their team members to "think through the issues and come up with their own solutions". This form of individual ownership and responsibility for the task increases when the team member develops the solution. Overall, managers just need to lend team members their ear and follow through with decisions and issues that arise from having talks with staff.

The guide also outlines four things team members need in order to feel like a true team:
  • Appreciation and recognition
  • A sense of belonging
  • Responsibility
  • Appropriate financial remuneration
Team building
Stimulating workplace relationships while in the office can sometimes be a tough ask. As a result, improving team cohesion outside of the usual working environment can be a great way to get employees to work together as it can improve working relationships and motivation subconsciously.

For instance, turning a group of individuals into a drumming group might just seem like a fun, throwaway task. But it requires each person to play their part and drum in time to create an effective, musically-sound team. It's these sorts of team-building activities that hone skills and relationships which can be brought back to the workplace.

Even 'fun', social activities like paint balling and pyramid building can have a tangible effect on employee aptitude, leadership, determination, personality and problem solving.


By following these tips, managers can create trust, commitment and accountability in the workplace; elements that represent a sure fire way to create an effective team. Why not give them a try?

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