Working in teams and in a collective way is what Trade Unions do. For some years now organizational leaders have also recognized the added value that comes from having employees work in formal or informal teams. Over the last two decades even greater emphasis has been placed on working in teams. Several studies which have been undertaken now indicate that the majority of organizations employ multiple types of workplace teams.
Team-building and teamwork skills are essential in everyday life and in the workplace. It builds highly desirable skills to possess when seeking a new job or promotion. Teams working at their greatest potential generate more productivity and better solutions than if all the individual members had worked independently.
There are fun and easy ways of creating a great team:
You could start a reading group using the “reading ahead” resources. You don’t have to read great big thick books as you can start small with the ‘quick reads’. These are an affordable way to start at only £1 each and there are some great authors who have written books especially for new or returning readers.
In the “Reading Ahead” resource pack you will get posters and flyers to advertise and promote a reading group, along with ready dairies and certificates. Once your team has read their allocated reads, you can then be entered into a competition to win prizes. This could include a visit from one of the authors who have written a ‘quick reads’ book!
Holding events in the workplace
These don’t have to be just about skills you require for your work, you could hold health and wellbeing days to bring the team together and show the employees that they are valued by the employer.
You could hold a class showing how to cook in a local cruise, or teach your team members how to sign. There are loads of possibilities and Adult Learners Week celebrates this each year, and highlights the positives effects of learning in the workplace.
Hints and Tips
- Foster Open Communications.
The best teams are those in which every member shares their thoughts and opinions with the group and where decisions-making is based on dialogue and not dictatorship.
- Build Trust.
Trust is the cornerstone of all effective teams. Without trust there really is no team just a collection of individuals working together.
- Set Clear Goals.
A team needs goals but all goals should be discussed by the entire team especially in situations in which deadlines will be tight.
- Review Progress.
Once goals have been set the team benefits from conducting regular check-ins with all team members as weekly to review progress and iron out any wrinkles or overcome obstacles that have arisen.
- Encourage Cooperation not Competition.
Despite being placed in teams one of the worst labels in the workplace is that of “not being a team player”. With out your cooperation your team may not succeed. Collaboration is a must
6. Focus on Professionalism.
Remember that you are not forging lifelong friendships with your team. You need to work together to achieve your goals. Support people’s negative traits and focus on their positives? Just as they will yours
7. Celebrate Differences / Diversity.
Diversity introduces new ways of thinking and leads to new ideas and better decisions. Rather than feeling uncomfortable that most of the team does not look or act like you celebrate their individual differences and the value that each brings to the team.
8. Be Enthusiastic.
Enthusiasm is contagious so not only will your enthusiasm help you feel better about being a team member it will lead other team members to also become more enthusiastic.
9. Share the Work/Do the Work.
The best teams are those in which each member plays a vital part in work that results in superior performance. It is imperative that each member not only feels he or she plays a vital role but actually does so.
10. Clarify Responsibilities to the Team.
The key here is that each team member must totally understand his or her role on the team and responsibility to the team so the team can succeed
Each of our training sessions is delivered by Acas trainers whose experience and expertise of the workplace is geared towards providing down-to-earth advice and practical solutions.
Our training sessions are kept to small groups which allow delegates to discuss issues with the trainers, interact and share experiences with delegates from other organisations