The Complete Guide to Team building – Part 1
The Benefits of Teamwork
A cohesive team that work together in sync is such a huge bonus to a company and the daily running of a business. When staff work well together and communicate effectively, the benefits and possibilities are endless. Encouraging and developing teamwork will create an engaged and productive team who enjoy their work.
Teams that work collaboratively and efficiently will often meet together, understand the task at hand, divide the tasks among the team as per each individuals’ strengths and abilities and agree timeframes for task completion. With this strategy it ensures that double work isn’t created and that two or more people aren’t doing the same task unnecessarily. At the same time, efficient teams do not waste time in meetings. They will set a short timeframe and have a defined agenda for the meeting. They will only include those that need to be involved in the meeting and ensure a defined action plan is made at the end of the meeting.
Knowing that you can rely on your team is huge. Knowing that you can assign or delegate a task to another person and have it completed and to a required standard by a certain date is an absolute must in teamwork. If any person feels that they cannot rely or trust another individual to complete a task, problems can develop. At the same time, trusting your team also means that you know that they will support you if you need additional support in case you have too much assigned to you or for some personal reason you are not able to complete your tasks in the set period of time.
That old phrase ‘There’s no ‘I’ in team’ has a lot of truth behind it. The reason we work in teams is that we don’t expect one person to have all the answers or to come up with all the ideas. Team members that can bounce ideas off each other and not be afraid to constructively voice an opinion will more likely reach a satisfactory conclusion. We all have different backgrounds, educations and work and personal experiences and all of these can positively contribute to creative collaboration.
‘A problem halved is a problem shared.’ When we feel like we are part of a team we can work together to lessen the burden or stress that may be on a particular individual. Also with suitable delegation the tasks should either be more evenly distributed or distributed depending on each individuals’ current capacity or bandwidth to take on more tasks. Working as a cohesive team should reduce stress and make the work more manageable and enjoyable.
In some instances, teamwork can promote a healthy comparison amongst colleagues in so far as we generally do not want to let our team down. At the same time, if a group of people are working together to achieve or complete a goal it can encourage some people to work harder, to take on more challenging tasks and to step outside of their comfort zones. This can result in both individuals and teams working more efficiently and more effectively.
If your team is working within the service industry, taking a team approach can ensure that your clients/customers/guests receive a better service. A well constructed team who have good communication and work in sync with one another can ensure that your client is properly taken care from the beginning of their relationship with your company to the end. This teamwork will also be able to quickly identify if there are any issues and be able to flag it up to the necessary department who will then be able to manage the situation before it escalates. The client will also be able to quickly identify that your staff work well as a team and have more trust in your company and the service they are receiving.