Have you ever wondered why some teams work effectively and others are dysfunctional? Success is inseparable from an organization’s philosophy. Some corporate cultures encourage teamwork, others don’t. Because of this, many teams find it difficult to communicate and complete their projects properly. Whatever the reason for forming a group, individuals are its members, and each member brings his or her own experience. There, different people with different experiences meet for new missions.
We all know how difficult it is to have a vision and build a team with a strategic advantage over the competition. However, those who succeed in building effective and functioning teams experience a deep sense of satisfaction as creators and members. Keeping in mind that people are both the advantage and the disadvantage for the best functioning of a team, let’s look at four characteristics that make the team successful:
1- Polite communication is the norm
Communication is open and clear and follows the principle of clarity. But within a team, honest and respectful communication plays an important role. If someone asks me what civility is, I would say that it is respect for diversity and good behavior, but above all, respect for oneself and having the freedom to express different thoughts, ideas and opinions. I would also like to add that kindness as a real virtue is readily recognizable and indicates a sensitive person’s strong and wholesome character. It is proven that when you turn a project into a competition, the contestants achieve more. In the workplace, holding group activities can be a great way to bring out the competitive side of employees. When employees work as a team, they communicate. They talk to each other about the tasks they have and so they look to find the best way to achieve their goal. They strategize, break into smaller groups, hold discussions and try to get the job done in the most efficient way. Communication also helps employees understand their roles. When employees know what their team members are doing, they can check on progress and help each other out.
2- Creativity and innovation are encouraged
Creativity, innovation and diverse perspectives are supported and encouraged. Brainstorming, as all group work is known, generates ideas and fosters original thinking, but above all it is liberating because it allows participants to speak without limits and puts the discussion/meeting in “ignorance” mode. It works. Comments like “I tried that before and it didn’t work” or “What a stupid idea” are prohibited. Team members recognize that the diversity they bring to solve problems, improve processes, achieve goals, and create something new, original and exciting is their strength. Successful team building encourages employees to learn from each other and develop each other’s skills. Teamwork leaves more room for new ideas and perspectives than working on a project alone. We combine personal experience with new and innovative ideas to make work more enjoyable and efficient. This allows everyone to contribute something new and learn from each other.
3- There is no hierarchy among employees
In most cases, a company should be hierarchically structured. Depending on the position of each employee, complex vertical, horizontal or diagonal organizational charts are created. A pyramidal or inverted pyramidal organizational chart that maps responsibilities, duties, and rights with appropriate compensation. But I’m talking about a different kind of organizational structure, mostly based on freedom, synergy, and the logic that the people working there are their own leaders/bosses. I had the opportunity to meet a company with such a structure. The office has wheels, and yes, it has wheels. In this way, they could choose where they wanted to work spatially, who they sat next to, or even isolate themselves to think more ‘purely.’ Each participant must actively participate in group leadership and decision-making. Every participant should not pay attention to their paystubs. This concerns active participation in all work-related procedures, adherence to teamwork rules, mutual respect, concern for the common good, supervision of meetings, assignment of tasks and evaluation of progress.
4- Strong sense of collective commitment
Team members have a strong sense of belonging. This very important practice gives meaning, motivates, and connects our being with other people who do not necessarily have common personality elements. This whole process fosters self-confidence and strives for the acceptance of others. Also, if you are an emotionally sensitive person, a sense of belonging reinforces teamwork and allows you to accept judgment and well-intentioned criticism unconditionally. When a group takes the time to formulate rules and codes of conduct, the sense of belonging is strengthened. Individuals are treated as unique beings with irreplaceable experiences, sensibilities, opinions and knowledge. Ultimately, the reason we form teams is for diversity.
Teams share the workload. If one member has less work, he can help another member complete his work. This allows the work (Project) to be completed faster, thus increasing productivity and improving the overall result. Building a team is important because it improves individual and collective productivity. Because individuals work in teams, they can learn new skills and strengthen existing ones. This helps your team perform better, be more efficient, and get more work done in less time over time. As a result, corporate organizations can generate more revenue by achieving their goals. One of the most important benefits of teamwork is improved relationships between employees. When people work together, they share experiences, failures and triumphs. This brings them closer together and makes them trust each other. If team member A helps team member B, team member B will eventually return the favor.
When a team works together, it encourages creativity and productivity in the workplace. Employees communicate and collaborate effectively with each other. This improves performance and efficiency, resolves workplace conflicts & misunderstandings, and makes people more accepting of each other. This improves the overall image of the company and, at the same time, exudes a positive and encouraging workplace culture.