Teamwork is an essential part of running any business. Whether you are talking about your team at large or the small committees and groups you create to get day-to-day projects done. We cannot do everything by ourselves. Leaning on the strengths of others in our office is key to company growth. Today’s blog is going to be dedicated to utilizing teams to produce brilliant work that propels your company forward.
Teamwork Makes The Dream Work
You’ve probably heard this phrase time and time again: teamwork makes the dream work. If we want to succeed, we’ve got to be comfortable leaning on others. You’ve probably also heard the phrase, “It takes a village.” This phrase is correct when it comes to raising a child or running a business.
Our day-to-day operations come down to how amazing our teams are. When our teams are created with intention, we can produce the results we crave as a business.
Ask Your Employees What They Like In Team Members
We all work well with different circumstances. One of the best ways to create teams that work is to ask your employees what they like in team members. You probably won’t be able to control every employee and make the entire office a zen-like paradise, but you can create smaller teams that work well together.
Once you understand how each employee works plus what they enjoy in a team member, you can craft each team flawlessly. Do you need to create a group for a new contract? Pick a team that would work best with the new client while working dynamically together.
Think About The Power Balance
Power differences in teams can truly change group dynamics. When the power balance is off, your team members could end up doing something they’d never do on their own. There are many experiments about the power of groupthink out there, and you want to make sure that all of your group members have the strength to stand up for themselves in the groups you put them in.
For example, we can turn to the Asch Conformity Experiments. In these experiments, multiple students were in a room; seven of the students were actors while the last person was not in on the research. The experiment participants were shown a variety of images and tasked to compare two cards: one with a single line and one with three lines. The participants were asked to identify which of the three lines matched the card with the single line.
At first, it was easy because every participant gave the correct answer. Then it got complicated because the actors started giving the wrong answer uniformly. This made it complicated for the actual student, and eventually, they conformed to the group even though their answers were wrong.
As humans, we have a want to fit in with the group. This need becomes even more apparent when authority figures are involved (as seen by another well-cited psychology experiment done by Stanley Milgram.) We have to be prepared for what our groups can potentially get into when power or groupthink goes unchecked. Likely the consequences won’t be dire, but sometimes groups have a more significant impact than we think.
Help Your Teams Get To Know Each Other Outside Of Work
Creating a real team bond takes time. Your team won’t get to know each other by just working on a project. Bonding is essential. We’ve talked about team bonding for remote employees before on the blog. Whether you are focusing on team bonding for remote or in-office teams, this is a crucial component to creating groups that work well together.
Can you create ways for your employees to bond outside the office? From retreats to family and friend days, there are so many unique team bonding ideas. Pick what works best for your office and help your team members build connections with each other.
Invest In Tools That Will Help Your Teams Collaborate Seamlessly
Seamless collaboration is an essential part of team building. If your team members can’t collaborate easily at work, it will make your teams less productive.
For example, how do you expect your teams to collaborate when they can’t work on documents together? Investing in a simple tool like Google Drive can help multiple people make comments on spreadsheets, word documents, or presentations.
Is your office built for collaboration? For example: do you have soundproof meeting rooms? Your teams need space to sprawl out, talk at a volume above a whisper, and work through project issues.
Think about the workflow of your teams right now. What blocks does your company put in their way? What are some simple solutions you can implement to fix these issues?
Celebrate Diversity And Differences Of Opinion
Last, but not least, teams work well together when there is some diversity. You don’t want a team full of followers or people too scared to share their differing ideas. Teams work best when they are respectful of diversity. You want your teams to work well, but not because they go with the first idea one team member shares.
Celebrating diversity and differences of opinion is often easier said than done. You have to train your employees to see different thoughts and not take them like personal attacks on ideas they have shared.
Create a company culture that values different opinions. Producing this culture starts with your highest-ranking executives and gets embedded in the thoughts of all your team members. Are you setting an example for how you want your teams to function?
Creating teams that work well together isn’t always the easiest task. Your team members are essential to the growth of your company, and strength is in numbers. Training your employees to work well together will help your company grow faster than you can imagine. When building teams, think about your employees and understand the psychological ideas that come into play when dealing with teams. Once you know how everything falls into place, you will be able to build the best teams for your company.