Collaboration is key in an efficient workplace. Not only is it essential in maintaining a happy work culture, it improves productivity. When staff work in isolation, things invariably get lost or missed. When the team works together, however, it’s astounding how efficiently the work gets done.
Team culture is a tricky area for most business owners, but it really is worth investing time in this area of your business. Most businesses are aware that there’s a need for team bonding, and all sorts of ventures have sprouted up in the last twenty years to facilitate the process. Crafting your workers into an efficient team can be achieved much more simply.
Take the emphasis off ‘isolation’ – replace it with ‘individual responsibility’
Most workers thrive when given responsibility. Taking a step back can encourage autonomy, but it’s important to invest in processes that ensure staff members continue to communicate with each other. Daily meetings, brainstorming sessions and the encouragement of casual chats all help to keep the team together.
On the other hand, ‘teamwork’ is a word that makes some staff members cringe. Not every personality type is suited to working in a team. It’s important to acknowledge the needs of these staff members while ensuring that they don’t become isolated. The above techniques should still be applied, but remove some of the pressure for these staff members to actively participate.
Mentoring is another excellent way to generate a genuine team feeling. When the mentor and mentoree are matched well, this process creates a strong bond that helps the workplace in general. To this end, time should be spent in pairing mentors with new workers, to avoid damaging personality clashes.
Informal mentoring is another way to encourage teamwork. This can generally be achieved by acknowledging the experience of more established team members. Someone who has been in the industry for many years is a natural fit for a casual a mentor role in the team.
Acknowledge the importance of the team
A surprisingly simple step in creating a more collaborative team culture is to acknowledge that there is a team. This doesn’t have to come from a formal place. Rather, simple steps can be used. Ensure that all members of the team are provided with all of the information required by the team. Invite the team to celebrate when a team goal is accomplished. Make use of technological developments, like a Facebook page, to encourage team communication.
Team culture can be enriched with some very simple steps. You may find that simply acknowledging that the team culture needs to be enriched can bring collaboration forward.