Building effective teams can be time consuming.
Most of the time team building is not effective because managers fail to appreciate their staff and their efforts. What managers must understand is that effective teams improve productivity and reduce costs. Taking the time to build your dream team is worth the effort.
- Celebrate their successes together while acknowledging contributions of each individual.
- Look at first time mistakes as opportunities for learning
- Develop ways to share leadership roles and accountability
- Discuss and resolve problems as a team
- Communicate with one another and listen
- Know what’s expected of them on the job – clear job description
- They have collective goals which are measured and monitored
- Have been trained and utilize ongoing training and education
How do you create an effective team?
- Hold short meetings (approx. 15 min) at the beginning or end of each day
- Ask team members what they are working on / what they plan to accomplish for the day/ what was accomplished
- Discuss how the tasks at hand will lead you to accomplishing the collective goals in place
- Communicate briefly any problems or issues at hand
Believe it or not employees who feel they are contributing to a common goal and/or are being held accountable for their work are the happiest. If you can retain an effective team you will have lower hiring costs, utilize your time more efficiently and overall goals will be reached faster.