A project can not be completed if the team does not work as a unit. I have already talked about dysfunctional teams but how can companies ensure that this does not happen to their teams? Team building is essential for a strong group.
How effectively a task is accomplished can be down to how team members feel about each other. If the relationships are strong team members can be in sync and this can affect productivity. In most of the articles listed below the key components of effective team building are: Objectives/Goals, Communication, relationship,Commitment and Reward/Recognition.
The goals should be SMART: Specific,Measurable,achievable,realistic and time bound. Objectives should be clear and concise.The team should know what the team leader expects from them. All members should be aware of what everyone else is doing.
Communication is key to the success of any Project.There should be clear lines of communication between the team leader and the team members and among team members.It is important to listen to team members as well as doing the talking.
There should constant communication in the form of routine meetings, newsletters,status reports to keep team members up to date with accomplished tasks and with any issues that have arose.They can also use more modern means of communication such as email,texts and instant messaging.
It is crucial that stable relationships between team members. Little team building exercises during the week can be a nice way to ease into bigger team building exercises.Team leaders can build team relationships by encouraging team members to recognize each other’s strengths other try to go for activities outside the office.Try to plan some fun activity that the entire team can enjoy. The camaraderie that they build from the outing carries back into the workplace.
Members should remember that they are in a team and not on a solo project.Team projects often fail if one or more members seek to outshine the rest of the group and are not team players. The project leader must work with individuals to help keep their personal agendas and ambitions out of their team activities so that the project can flourish.
The team leader should recognise the work the team accomplishes. They should look for positive things in the work the team does. While constructive criticism has its place, do it in a manner that does not offend the team.
“Whether the reward is large or small, management should provide some reward for a job well done. Rewards are often a key motivator for team members to participate in group projects. Attractive rewards promote good feelings for the successful team, and they also encourage other workers to participate in the next group project.”