The fundamental guide to happy teamwork

The dynamics of working with people comes naturally to some more than others. After having our fair share of teamwork experiences, we narrowed down these observations to a list of ways to make teamwork a more enjoyable part of your day. With the right approaches, teamwork can be the ideal and better way to work. The common challenges in teamwork often revolve around social loafing and ineffective internal communication such as the lack of constant, effective and transparent communication. To minimise these challenges, here’s what to do:

Streamline Communication
Centralising communication helps you reach out to all team members easily without dealing with loosely connected e-mail conversations and scattered ideas. Communication is not merely about the ability to get your message across, but also the ability to listen. Successful teams have shown to share the characteristics of talking and listening in equal measure, in addition to keeping contributions to the point.

Be a Team Player
To avoid being the social loafer in your team, stay on track with your responsibilities once jobs are delegated. Use assigned milestones for tasks to allow time and energy for high performance. Cultivate flexibility and responsiveness to change within your team. Working smart is a valuable aspect of being a good team player. You can do that by setting expectations and placing focus on motivating productivity and efficiency.

Strengthen Collaboration
A hefty 97% of survey respondents believe that a lack of alignment within a team directly impacts the outcome of a task or a project, and 39% of survey employees observe that their colleagues don’t collaborate enough. Reconstruct the confidence in your team by having all your plans lined up in one easily accessible and sharable platform. Build discussions around issues during key decision-making processes.

Teamwork is different in various types of workplace settings, but ultimately, two heads are better than one. Teamwork combines the best talents into a harmonic structure to produce what a single employee can’t. The replacement of hierarchy with a linear structure allows each team member the opportunity to offer their knowledge and expertise. For example, the De Bono problem solving methods are known to stimulate effective teamwork, encouraging ideas to bounce off each member in a team. Teamwork also triggers healthy relationship development and competition in a workplace. It is also found to have a significant positive effect on an employee’s performance and producing high-quality results.

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Author: Patricia Goh