Presented by: Steps for better team building in your workplace
“ When people come together and set aside their individual needs for the good of the whole, they can accomplish what might have looked impossible on paper.” - From the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team The dysfunctions Patrick Lencioni outlines in his book can plague even the best companies. Building a successful team can be a challenge but the benefits are undeniable.
A report from the Institute of Medicine found that nearly 80% of mistakes made due to problems with team coordination could have been prevented with effective team building. After the staff completed an eight hour course, the emergency department reported a 58% decrease in errors. For example
While not every situation is as potentially life saving as the emergency room, any company can benefit from a productive, successful team. When a team works well together, the entire company benefits. With successful teamwork, efficiency, employee morale and innovation all increase dramatically.
But a team is more than just a group of employees thrown together with a common project. In order to be successful, the team must become a cooperative, cohesive group. The next time you begin building a team, consult these tips for building a successful team.
Select the right number of people. Research shows that smaller teams are more productive than larger ones. They should be large enough to take advantage of diverse skills, but small enough that members feel like an intimate part of the community. Whenever possible, limit team size to 10 people or less.
Set ground rules for the team. Before you dive into solving the problem, it’s important to lay the foundation for the process. By understanding the collective values and assessing behaviors, you create a “safe environment” where people are comfortable speaking freely about their opinions, ideas and feelings in a team.
Consider every idea as valuable and open for discussion . There is no such thing as a poor suggestion! Encourage discussion and debate among team members around every suggestion. A respectful but candid disagreement can lead to new ideas. Teams that avoid conflict won’t challenge the status quo or develop new solutions to old problems.
Encourage cooperation and sharing among the team. The success or failure of a team often hinges on the relationships team members establish among themselves. Your job as a team leader is to observe how members work together and take steps to improve communication, cooperation, trust and respect when needed.
Team building is an ongoing process, demanding attention as some employees come and go and as market demands change. With guidance and nurturing, a strong team is an indispensable asset to your company. To help get you started on the path to building a happy, successful team, we’ve created a worksheet to rate the cohesiveness of your team. You can find it on our website by clicking here.