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Working effectively as a team
When a group of people with different sets of skills, ideas and experience come together in the workplace, it can be an opportunity for collaboration, knowledge sharing, new ideas, productivity, and success. The key factor for effective teamwork is working together as a group and allowing each person to bring their different expertise and diversity of thoughts to the table.
Set clear roles and responsibilities
Allocating set roles and responsibilities can ensure all team members know the tasks that need to be completed and by whom. Communicate what is expected of each team member and keep reinforcing roles and responsibilities in order to avoid misunderstandings.
Be open minded
Be open minded when a team member discusses their new idea, as a different way of doing things can increase productivity and creativity. Brainstorming is also great way to grow, as it creates a safe space for everyone to share their ideas.
Get to know each other
Getting to know the members of your team may help build rapport and build team cohesion. Working with people that you have a good level of rapport can also create a friendly and effective workplace culture.
Team members may change, however being adaptable in your role will help you when there is change. Depending on your skill set, being flexibility in your duties may also be an important factor to the success of the team, as other members of the team may not have the skills required.
Getting to know each other and respecting other ideas may help build trust that is needed to establish an effective team. It is important to address an issue or concerns in an open and professional manner with the person involved or your manager. This may help with team cohesion and trust.
Conflict in a team setting can sometimes occur, however the key to moving on and learning from the experience is how you deal with the conflict. When conflict arises, it is important to discuss the issue, and actively listening to the other person’s side. Then together develop a plan to move forward.
Blog post written by Complete Corporate Wellness. Visit their website: www.completecorporatewellness.com.au
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