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Regardless of how big or small your company is, teamwork is one of the best ways to get the most out of your employees. It not only provides a better working environment but can also boost productivity. Here are 6 great ways to promote teamwork in the workplace.
Employ the right people.
To achieve a good team environment, you need to employ the right people. Being impressed by a candidate’s resume and experience is all well and good, but if they are not likely to work well with your existing staff, they are probably not the right fit for your team.
When interviewing, think about how each potential employee will fit in with the current dynamic and follow your instincts, being careful that your instincts are not prompted by internalized discriminatory beliefs.
Employee wellness programs.
Employee wellness programs are designed to help maintain employee health and mental wellbeing. When carried out as a group effort, they can also be great for teamwork. Wellness activities for groups can range from organized walks to charity fundraising. They are a fabulous means of getting employees to interact and work together as well as promoting a healthier lifestyle.
If staff don’t communicate effectively, they are not likely to work well as a team, which can result in tension and animosity. Actively encourage communication at all levels and explain to your staff why it’s so important.
If there is a lack of flow of information between departments, explain to them what the information is used for, why it is needed, and the impact it could cause if not communicated correctly. Going back to basics can be enough to make a difference.
Deal with issues straight away.
If you notice an issue forming between certain members of staff or specific departments, nip it in the bud. Find out from everyone involved what the issues are and agree on a resolution. It’s important to hear both sides and don’t alienate anyone. If someone feels like they aren’t being heard or are being treated unfairly, teamwork isn’t going to be a priority for them.
Teambuilding activities are specifically designed to reach an end goal that can only be achieved if everyone works together. From an organized treasure hunt to building a treehouse, the activities not only provide lots of fun but promote good communication and help staff build trust in each other.
Socializing outside office hours.
Socializing is a great way to promote teamwork. Many companies host an annual barbeque or family fun day where employees meet up for a few drinks and some food and get to know each other on a different level. It’s an opportunity for colleagues to let their hair down and spend a bit of informal time with each other.
Good and effective collaboration can not only make a business more productive but can increase employee satisfaction levels. Actively promote teamwork within your organization, and you might be surprised at the results.