23 Nov

                                                                                     23 November 2021

Teamwork in the workplace is important for multiple reasons. For one thing, teamwork can help you get your work done faster and on time. For another, teamwork can improve morale and, if you are lucky, it might even lead to the formation of friendships, some of which can last a lifetime.

 

In today’s blog, UASA has a few tips that can help guide your team to ensure that everyone works well together to achieve the main objective.

 

Practice effective communication

The key to having a successful relationship, whether it is a professional or personal one, is communication. Without clear communication, the relationship is bound to fall apart. If you are a team leader or manager in the workplace. Make sure everyone’s titles and responsibilities, are clearly defined. For instance, a ‘team leader’ may not realize that some things are their responsibility, or they may not realize that they have certain authority, like giving out tasks to their team members. Make it clear from the start exactly what everyone should be doing, and when. This way there won’t be conflict in the workplace as everyone knows their duty and how to carry them out.

 

Resolve conflict as soon as possible

Fights and misunderstandings are a norm in the workplace as colleagues may have differences. But if your team is not willing to talk and make up then you need to help them get along and you must do so sooner than later. You do not want communication to break down in your team.

 

Do not encourage them to make up with a handshake. Hear each party out and offer ways in which you and the rest of the team can help. If it is simply a clash of personalities, perhaps consider assigning one of the two to a different project on either a different team or as a solo project. First, explain your intentions clearly, though, as you do not want anyone to feel as if they are being singled out.

 

Encourage accountability

Everyone must be made aware of and understand the standards the company expects them to meet. Constructive criticism should be given when necessary and promptly. When offering a team member constructive criticism, the key is in the approach. Criticism does not always have to be negative. Instead, turn that frown upside down and focus on how that individual can improve, and the benefits that come from such an improvement, as well as how the other members of the team can help that individual meet the goals set for him or her in their performance review.

 

Acknowledge hard work 

So many teams are bombarded with projects, and when one project ends, they are expected to move on to the next one instantly. As a leader, take a few minutes to call a meeting for the sole purpose of thanking your team for their hard work and a job well done. Show them that you care and that what they do matters. After spending hours working on a project(s), the least that your team deserves is ‘Thank you.’

 

A team is only as good as its leader, and if you put yourself out there as a leader who has enough confidence in his team, a leader who does not feel the need to monitor every little thing his team is doing, your team will respect you for that, and it will show in their work.

 

Ref: www.betterhelp.com                                            www.uasa.org.za

 

 

 

 

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