Effective teamwork is the number one rule of an organization’s success. It has many benefits such as increased productivity, improved work quality, increased employee morale and etc. Putting together a great team may seem like a simple task. Hire the best individuals and there you go! Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that in the real world because making a group of different people work together in harmony is in fact a very difficult task. There are certain key elements to it. Below you can find 4 of them.
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- Open Communication: Communication is one of the most important aspects of team working. Team members must be able to say what they think, share their ideas, ask questions to their teammates. In addition, all team members must provide honest feedback to each other in order to grow as a team. It would be also very helpful for the team if all members try to get to know each other on a personal level.
- Respect: Team members are not supposed to like each other but they should show mutual respect. There may be conflicts between members of the team but the team leader should find a way to solve these conflicts. Also, every team member should have equal work load and should not try to impute his/her own share of the work to someone else. Additional ways of showing respect to members include arriving to meetings on time, being prepared for the meetings and listening to team members’ ideas even if you don’t agree with them.
- Commitment: Team members must be committed to the team. They should understand the overall goals and direction of the team as well as find out how they fit in to the overall structure of the team. Each team member can show his/her dedication to the team by going that extra mile or invest additional time and energy to really come up with innovative solutions to their business problems.
- Adaptability: Being adaptable means pushing yourself out of the comfort zone to face with new situations and as a result, grow. Team members must be adaptable because they need to grow as an individual. Moreover, change is constant. For example; a team member can change, a project can change or a client can change. Therefore, all of the team members must be flexible and keep calm when change happens.
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