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Teamwork: the key to success

November 18, 2014

If one person takes half an hour to carry out a task, how long would it take two people to complete it? The logical answer would be “15 minutes”. But working in a team not only reduces the amount of time it takes to complete a task but also increases the effectiveness of results, the confidence of employees and the feeling of belonging to a company.

A work group and teamwork: two very different things:

In a work group, normally each member carries out the same kind of task separately. They are individually responsible for the outcome, their success or lack thereof.

By contrast, teamwork is characterised by cooperation and the sharing of responsibility. Workers harmoniously integrate their roles and work together in a coordinated fashion with the rest of the team to reach a common goal. Teamwork is without doubt the way to create positive synergy within an organisation and to achieve a result greater than the sum of what would have been achieved if each member had worked independently.

If you’re planning to enhance the efforts of your employees, continue reading and you’ll have your team running perfectly in no time.

1. Encourage shared values:
This is the key for a well-functioning team. Establish some common objectives that can unite and energise your employees.

2. Foster trust:
Trust is fundamentally important and should coexist between members of a team. Build a climate of cooperation and partnership in which each employee understands his or her role, knows how they can help and, when necessary, can ask for help.

3. Spread energy:
Be positive, demonstrate your vitality and optimism and spread positive energy to achieve the best results.

4. Two brains are better than one:
Richard Branson, the man behind the giant Virgin group, always tries to speak in the first person plural. As the chief of what is undisputedly a business empire, he knows that two brains are much better than one. No one single person is better than the sum of others.

5. The key to the three Rs:
Reiterate the rewards and recognition. It’s important to highlight individual work, but even more so to recognise team successes. Celebrating a positive result that comes from teamwork is crucial, as is recognising the role of each and every member of the team.

6. Create empathy among employees:
Rotate team members in their tasks. That way, each one will know first-hand what the others’ jobs entail and can help them to perform better.

7. Make meetings effective:
Long meetings end up being harmful for any organisation. A quick and effective meeting that keeps team members motivated guarantees clear goals and timeframes, something that can only be beneficial for the company.

8. Create a feeling of belonging:
As human beings, we need to feel part of something. Think about the added value of your team and make sure that employees are aware of the impact they have within the group.

9. Involve employees in your decisions:
Make sure your workers don’t see you as an autocratic leader who ignores their opinions. Encourage your team and make them feel involved by asking for their input.

10. Promote healthy competition:
If your company has a large enough team from which you can organise various groups, promote healthy competition between them. A competitive spirit will lead to positive results if you provide enough incentives.

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