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Expanding Business Through Teamwork

  • By Lauri Paxton
  • 11 Jun, 2015
There is a saying… “Two heads are better than one.”  That’s the foundation of building a strong team to grow your business. Either through outsourcing services or building your own internal team, it’s important for everyone to be on the same page. Being able to work productively with a team is one of the most crucial aspects of achieving success in a business setting. A solid team will increase creativity in the workplace, improve the quality of work, and also foster healthy and productive employee relationships.
Teams can accomplish work more quickly and effectively than people taking on projects on their own and collaborative work also keeps employees accountable to each other, which increases motivation.
Let’s look at how effective teams function.

Set Clearly Defined Goals for the Team

As a team member, it’s important to feel a part of some larger purpose. But to convey that to everyone, communication is one of the biggest hurdles in accomplishing the team’s overall goals and objectives. Sometimes the distribution of work isn’t clear and certain objectives can fall through the cracks. It’s important to organize the workload prior to distribution to the team. That way, everyone involved will feel like they have something important to contribute. By clearly delineated roles with tangible directives and goals, it provides a way for team members to be held accountable to their individual roles within the team.

Don’t Micromanage

How often have you been asked to do something and then told in steps how to accomplish the project? Does that give you the feeling of autonomy to approach the project and complete it? The number one factor associated with happiness in the workplace is autonomy, and a happy employee is a productive one! Give team members the benefit of the doubt and see what they can do without strict supervision. You will likely be impressed! You’ve put this team together – give them roots within the company culture and the wings to fly to new heights.

Have Meetings Often

Meet regularly, but not every day. One of the best parts of working on a team is that you get to receive feedback and insight from other people, not to mention that it can be really fun! Schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings to let the team get together and talk about what they’re doing – this gives people the opportunity to ask questions or ask for help if they need to. They can also share their experience and progress of the project so far – things that might be working well or not working at all, and a team leader can make adjustments accordingly.

Give Positive Feedback

Communication is key. Employees want to hear from you and need positive feedback on their work. No one likes to slave away on a project only to have their work ignored. This is something to be especially aware of with a team project where the hard work of certain members is more likely to be overlooked. By holding regular meetings, it provides the opportunity to keep track of what each member is contributing and allows you to maintain a real-time pulse on the project. Be sure to recognize individual team members for their contribution to the objective and encourage those team members who may not be holding up to their responsibilities if you’re unhappy with their performance. Be certain to deliver the message in a constructive way that will make them eager to work harder.
Whether in-house or through the use of outside consultants, teamwork is based on building trust, respecting others, and providing open communication toward an optimal result.
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