ChicExecs VP of Global Strategic Accounts, Lydia Vargo, shares tips on building a successful work team this year on Forbes blog. Here is a recap.
“Teamwork” is a buzzword in the corporate world, but it still has tangible effects on your bottom line. In fact, organizations with better teamwork have employees who are more engaged — no matter the demographics, workplace or work status.
Follow these four tips to encourage more communication, collaboration and teamwork at your workplace.
1. Build Camaraderie With Healthy Competition
Who doesn’t love a good game? When you gamify certain aspects of the workplace, like setting sales targets or customer ticket resolution targets, you can create a team-oriented environment.
2. Create A Culture Of Support
If anyone on your team has ever said “That’s not my job,” you might have a problem with support at your organization. Unsupported employees can feel resentful at work, and that’s the last thing you need!
If you want employees to support each other, you need to support them first. Most people respond better to positive reinforcement rather than negative punishment. If you want to see a change in behavior then creating a supportive culture is critical.
3. Share Goals As A Team
It’s hard to work as a team if you don’t share goals. You want to create quantifiable goals that you can measure and review as a team. Work with your team to create a shared vision for the future. This could include key performance indicators (KPIs).
4. Encourage Personal Drive And Accountability
A motivated team doesn’t leave any room for micromanagement. While it’s important to understand your performance on a team level, each individual in the team needs to perform at their best, too.
For this reason, you need to encourage personal drive and accountability with every employee. As a leader, it is your job to create a culture of empowerment to drive responsibility, respect and accountability on an individual basis.
The Bottom Line
Without a team-oriented culture in place, you risk pitting employees against each other and sabotaging your own success. Teamwork is one of the best ways to move your business forward.
Read Lydia’s full blog here.