I am going to share with you the 4 Tips for Effective Teamwork in the Workplace and the Best Ways to Promote Teamwork in Your Workplace. Did you know that a lack of teamwork not only impacts relationships but has a huge negative impact on how you can do your work? Particularly when you need other people to help you.
In this article, I am going to share with you the best tips on how to ensure effective teamwork in the workplace.
And if you read this article till the end then it is going to help you be an amazing team player in all those activities that you work on together with your team.
Now, if you’re excited to learn more about teamwork, let’s get to it. Share the spotlight and celebrate. Yes. This is really important for effective teams.
4 Tips for Effective Teamwork in the Workplace – Best Ways to Promote Teamwork in Your Workplace:
You want people to get the recognition they deserve for the great work that they’re doing. It really is demotivating when you’re putting in a lot of hard work and energy and no one recognizes it.
So ensure that you do that, particularly when you’re leading a team, but even better yet, even if you’re someone who is on a team and is a team member, do it for each other.
It doesn’t always have to come from the leader. And ensure as well that you celebrate those milestones, and have those celebrations in place.
It could be as simple as sending out a congratulatory email like,
hey guys, we made it to the next stage. Woohoo.
It could be bringing in pizza for lunch or sending people gift cards in regards to having a voucher for lunch.
If your company allows that because I know every company has different policies. So just ensure that the recognition and celebration are there because people really do want to know they’re doing a good job.
And it’s important that you recognize it as a leader as well as as a team member. Use project management tools.
What? As a trainer, you’re talking about effective teams and you’re talking about project management.
Projects are all about your team and how they perform. And if you want an effective team, then definitely start adopting project management techniques and tools to help you.
You don’t necessarily have to be in a project in order to use project management tools. You can just have a departmental team and you guys are executing some stuff, absolutely.
Start using some of those tools and techniques. So I have a few for you to think about.
One tool particularly is a scope template. Now a scope template defines exactly what it is that you’re doing.
Now for a non-project, if you have an initiative, what exactly are you doing? What’s in and what’s out? What’s the background justification?
That information alone given to your team members so that they can do their own thing is going to be huge because it helps them be effective.
They’re not guessing at what has to be delivered or worse yet, assuming what has to be delivered. That’s always a bad thing, assumptions.
Now another project management tool is a WBS and that’s a work breakdown structure. I actually use mine and translate it into an action plan.
So you could totally use, let’s say for your department or even if you’re just a manager and you have a team with you and you have tasks that everybody is doing.
They’re not projects, they’re individual ones, but you can in your WBS, your action plan, everyone has their own tab or their own section where they’re monitoring what’s going on.
And the fact that everyone can see what everybody else is doing and you can use that tool in meetings to get status updates is huge and another way to really remain effective because now people know what they need to do.
They’re not going to ask you. They just have to go to their action list. Really helpful.
And another thing you want to consider from a project management tool perspective that I use all the time is a SharePoint site.
You want a central location for all your critical information. So that really promotes effectiveness.
I do communication in there, I have all key related documents, anything that they need to know. It is your one-stop shop for everything. And that is a great way to ensure effective teams.
Again, these tips are amazing and they’re all being pulled from project-related tools and ways of working.
the framework of project management:
So why not look at a framework of project management, which is an amazing discipline and take the best of that world and bring it into your world?
Communication is key. If you’re going to have an effective team and effective teamwork, your team needs to know how to communicate.
And you really have to think about this. Never assume that people will communicate. Why?
We get really busy in our worlds and now that we have hybrid ways of working, where we have people working virtually, and people working in the office.
We are a little more silo than if we were all working together in an office where we can bump into each other in hallways and meetings and stuff of that nature.
So communication becomes key. Ensure that you have a place to put announcements so that people can go to it, and know what’s happening.
If you’re a manager or a leader of a team, ensure that you are sharing with everyone the latest news that’s going to impact them.
If you’re a team member and you have something that’s going to impact your teammates, ensure that at the appropriate time, you can share that information.
That’s going to help immensely. If you don’t have a communication policy already or kind of like a way of working that you want to integrate into your own teams, I highly recommend you consider that.
My project tool, SharePoint recommended in my previous tip, is an excellent tool to use to help with communication, particularly from an announcement perspective.
Now, if you’re looking for teamwork and building and communication, definitely go to the search bar, YouTube, Adriana Girdler team building and I have some other ideas there when it comes to communication as well. Don’t procrastinate. Adriana, why do you keep on bringing stuff that has nothing to do with teamwork? I’m like no, no, no.
It actually has lots to do with teamwork. People don’t realize particularly when you’re doing team activities. A lot of our individual activities are dependencies, whether we’re dependent on someone or someone’s dependent upon us.
So when we procrastinate, because there are days it happens, we need to really be aware that if we’re going to have effective teams and be effective with our teamwork, we really have to be respectful of deadlines and really be cognizant.
Is what I’m doing impacting anybody else? Do they have to wait for me to be completed with my task?
So really keep that in your mind. And when you’re making those decisions as to when you’re going to get things done because we don’t live in our own little world siloed when we’re in teams, we’re usually supporting each other and we’re building off of each other’s work.
So it’s really important that you do not procrastinate and really respect those deadlines so other people can get their work too.
That just makes an effective team. Honesty is the best policy. If you want an effective team and you want to have effective teamwork, it is so important that people feel safe.
Because if I always have to look over my shoulder and wonder if I’m going to get stabbed in the back because we don’t have trust in our team, it really makes moving things forward very difficult in a team.
And I’ve been on many projects where we are developing teams and we’ve gone through the forming stage where everyone is really polite and then get into our storming stage, which is the next stage of team development, and guess what? We don’t have trust.
We’re not open and honest. Some people have hidden agendas. So you really have to take a look at what are you bringing into this particular team.
How are you behaving?
Honesty, you also open yourself up to vulnerability. So it’s important that the leader of your team, whether it’s a manager, a project manager, or a team lead really understands this and sets the tone and really promotes this honesty.
But it has to be done across the board always. You can’t be selective with it because then people will know that there’s no trust.
So just be honest, really come forward. You can do things in a professional way. You don’t have to make yourself vulnerable all the time in the sense of you have to tell every little thing, your darkest secrets, things of that nature.
I’m not talking about that type of honesty, but if things aren’t going well, share it with your team.
“Guys, I really need help or I’m not understanding this or we have this deadline and everyone says they can get it done, but I don’t think I can get it done because that honesty is just going to ensure that oh, you can’t get it done? Well, let’s postpone it.”
You wouldn’t have known if you didn’t ask. Versus keeping it to yourself and then derailing things because you procrastinated.
So just understand that that really helps with effective teamwork. Now that you have some tips on effective teamwork.
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