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Effective work teams are incredibly important in today's world. Promoting team effectiveness can be challenging because each person has his or her own values, opinions, knowledge, work experience, education and goals. Nonetheless, understanding your team, facilitating communication and regular feedback sessions could greatly improve team morale, productivity and employee retention.
One's written job description should not limit a person's ability to take responsibility over some of the group tasks. During a face-to-face meeting, sense of accountability can be seen and given based on the individual's strengths that can promote development.
Self-awareness and team awareness are important in building highly functional teams. Match the strengths and weaknesses and understand the personalities of the people around you, to move closer to your goal.
Feedback is vital and should be consistent and regular. Provide straightforward, constructive and accurate feedback. Acknowledge employees for their good performance and especially those who have exceeded their goals. The sooner they receive it the more rewarding it will be to them. Providing a timely feedback will help an individual be aware of his weaknesses and develop these into strengths which can lead into the performance improvement.
Communication is the key in today's fast-paced and rapidly changing world and should not be underestimated. The team's success should be celebrated even in small gestures that will build employee confidence.
Effective communication can be in the form of defining expectations, actively understanding others and providing feedback. Studies show that employees with better working relationships tend to stay longer within the organization. This is since rapport in the workplace yields greater productivity and builds stronger teams.
• Established friendships at work can help yield productivity
• Feedback sessions are important, should be done regularly
• Communicate regularly with your team, celebrate successes
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Source: Nicola Turner, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is an Organizational Psychologist in HRI&C