A business with employees that synergistically work together is often likely to succeed. Teamwork at a workplace usually enables the quick resolution of problems. The employees may achieve this by pulling their different skill sets together to come up with an effective solution creatively. A deficiency in team-building skills among staff members may negatively affect their productivity and morale. This often translates to a stagnating business and a decrease in market share. Here are a few team-building practices you may use to create a better workplace environment.
Strengthening Collaborations and Relationships
Employees that have a strong relationship between them are able to easily communicate with each other and reach an understanding in the event of a conflict. Activities that have been designed to enhance collaborations and relationships are intended to change the mentality of team members from “me” to “us.” Working together for the good of the community is one such activity that you may use to build relationships.
Encouraging Innovation Over Cynicism
When carrying out brainstorming sessions, employees are often discouraged from giving their inputs because they may deem them unworthy. Try to encourage contributions by banning the use of negative statements like “this is impossible” or “it may never work” from the sessions. You may also choose to write down all the contributed ideas and assign them to different teams for further exploration. By reinforcing that brainstorming sessions are meant to create ideas, you may slowly build your employees’ confidence, which enables them to give their opinions at the workplace.
Encouraging Consensus and Establishing Alignment
Try encouraging your staff to reach a consensus during decision-making sessions. This may help in minimizing arguments as amicable solutions are usually achieved through consensus. By creating alignment, you may be able to reduce the scenarios where people are promoting their personal agendas. You are also able to refocus a group that may have gone off the set track of objectives.
Identifying Any Problem in Communication
Effective communication is critical in any workplace. There are a few tactics you can use to identify miscommunication that may be present in your business. One tactic involves presenting a series of statements with multiple meanings to your staff. Ask them to write down what the statements mean to them and start to identify the prevailing opinions about the phrases. You can also ask your staff for ways to eliminate vagueness from expectations and conversations.
Strengthening relationships, encouraging innovation, encouraging consensus and identifying miscommunication, are a few team-building practices that you may use to make your workplace more respectable.