5 ways to make your team effective

One of the most crucial aspects of achieving success in business is being able to work productively within an effective team. It’s incredibly important for improving the quality of work, growing creativity and also for developing healthy and productive employee relationships within your workplace. Teamwork can be seen to not only benefit employees, but also your business itself. So, how can you build a successful team that impacts positively on your business?

“Having an effective team within the workplace is key to running a successful business”

1. Motivation

Teams can often be seen to rise and become successful when employees come together to achieve a shared goal. It’s important that the distribution of work throughout the team is clear and that certain objectives aren’t left out. Remember that each member of your team will be motivated in different ways, though it’s also important that each team member has a clear idea and understanding of how their role is crucial to meeting the goal.

Lead your team by example. Your passion and motivation about the business is something that will influence and motivate your colleagues. A positive outlook is something that should not only be desired by you, but also be practiced. Treating your colleagues how you want to be treated is something that will not only motivate your team, but also help build rapport; something that each effective team needs to build and succeed.

2. The right people skills

Communication is a critical aspect of an effective team. Being able to function within an effective team comes from the ability to communicate clearly on both an intellectual and emotional level. Whilst listening skills are always important, so is the confidence within the team to communicate your own thoughts and ideas.

3. The environment

An effective team has to have an efficient working environment. Whilst minimal distractions are essential, so is the ability to be able to communicate with each other. The right environment will influence team members to ask each other questions, ask for help and advice whilst also retaining other important information. The layout of an office is something that will either work wonders or restrict a team, so it’s important to consider the way in which your office is organised and laid out to encourage productivity and collaboration

4. Celebrate, reward and review

“Find the most appropriate way to celebrate team achievements”

Make the time to frequently recognise, celebrate and reward both team and individual performances. This will help to build self-confidence and enhance the enthusiasm of the group to ensure their hard work is consistent. Ensure that recognition is regular and that the method you choose inspires and reinforces people’s motivation to continue their positive involvement to the team’s progress.

Regularly review the group’s performance through team meetings and personal discussions to ensure that progress is being made towards the desired goals. It’s vital to recognise positive team and individual behaviours. However, providing constructive criticism and feedback is just as important. Monitoring and reviewing progress allows for improvements and adjustments to be integrated into team processes.

5. Organisation

Organisation is the foundation of any team. Ensuring everyone is on the same page and communicating properly is the most important factor to effective teamwork. It’s a good idea to organise your team so that every member functions according to their specialty or their allocated tasks. In this way, the team will be able to overcome the difficulties that they are faced with. A team should also have the access to the right tools. This will provide employees with the ability to succeed. With the right processes in place there are no limits to what your team can achieve!

Ripley Training

If you would like to find out more about teambuilding and how it can improve your business, then our Effective Team Working Skills Training Course is right for you. Or, if you’re a manager and would like to earn how to effectively lead your team then take a look at our Management Development Programme.

We provide a range of high quality and accessible training to suit your business’ needs. To find out more, why not give us a call on 01423 861 122 or fill in our short contact form – we’d love to help you!