Tips for Successful Team Collaboration

There’s a reason that most businesses look for the words “team player” on the resumes and cover letters of prospective employees. Without teamwork, most businesses will not thrive. Larger projects will almost always require a team of professionals, and the output quality and morale often rely on it.

Successful team collaboration begins with a common understanding of and commitment to the goals of the company. Teams may be built for projects, or as part of the regular function of the business. Here are some key tips for successful team collaboration:

Build trust

Creating an environment that offers positive feedback for ideas and risk-taking is essential to building a successful team. Trust is one of the most important aspects because it helps the members in sharing a common goal because when team members feel a sense of belonging to the group, they are more committed to the outcome of that group. Team building is important to positive collaboration, so spend time one-on-one with team members and be loyal to fellow teammates.

Communication is respectful

Establishing the culture of hearing people out when they have a suggestion helps team members to feel free to express thoughts, opinions, and potential solutions. This is especially important when it comes to team decision-making. Allowing each person to be part of the collective discussions of possible decisions and outcomes. The more a person feels ownership in the decisions being made, the more likely he or she is to agree to the decided course of action.

Make the time commitment

Team work isn’t best left to the divvying up of responsibilities via email. Scheduling time with team members to work collaboratively on tasks and the end goal of the team is extremely important in the development of a successful team. Committing time to the project shows that team members are in this together and will hold themselves accountable for the outcome and it shows other team members that their time and energy is important.

The team is comprised of unique individuals

When every team member has a different perspective, opinion, and knowledge base to contribute to the team, it allows them all the opportunity to contribute. Supporting each individual’s creativity and point of view will bring more innovation.

The team can handle conflict

Agreeing on a method of solving teamwork problems will help the team to be able to process what is hindering the team from moving forward. Watch out for interpersonal issues, and make efforts to deal with them smoothly and efficiently.

Responsibilities are clear

Try to divide the work of the team based on the individual strengths and personalities. This will help avoid overlaps in authority and competition. Clear responsibilities will also assist team members in holding each other accountable for their parts.

Have a strong and efficient leader

It’s said that the speed of a team depends on the speed of the leader. A strong team leader is one that puts the importance of team goals over his or her individual goals. He or she can give direction, and help maintain the focus of the team.

Motivate each other

Each team member can motivate the others with leading by example. Going above and beyond the suggested target is easily attainable when all team members are putting in their best effort.

Allow constructive feedback

Use feedback opportunities to focus on ideas and behaviours, not individuals. The main idea with feedback is to make it positive, focusing on ways to improve.

Working in a team makes missions and goals of a company possible, and assists employees with the sense of belonging and commitment to the company. With these tips, you will effectively build successful teams that will assist the growth of your business.

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Originally published at blog.besnappy.com on February 22, 2016.

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