Everyone preaches about how teamwork can help companies excel, but while professional athletic teams can rely on teamwork to score a goal or a point, many companies cannot lead their employees to successful team endeavors. So how can human resources departments help lead their company team to success and teach employees?
- Avoid Individual Tasks, Assign Collective Goals – We’ve all been in meetings where the big boss assigns a project and then looks around and expects everyone to magically work together. Instead of expecting your team to divvy up tasks, try open communication. Assign each teammate their own responsibility and make sure that management helps to teach employees, while making them all accountable for the final project. This gives room for people to cooperate, but not for one person to avoid tasks and fail the group.
- Encourage Mutual Respect – Successful teams all have one common element – they encourage respect, recognizing members’ strengths. Instead of viewing everyone as threats, team members treat one another as though they are assets. Consider having your company implement a peer recognition program. This helps team members acknowledge individual capabilities, while simultaneously contributing to overall team success.
- Celebrating Winning – Don’t single out one member from a team, but instead reward and recognize everyone equally. Whether it’s a company-wide shout-out for recognition, a lunch, happy hour or a gift, make sure to treat everyone equally.
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