6 Essentials for a Productive Team

Building a real team is hard work and most give up after they formed a work group. A real team can produce amazing results and is worth the effort to build.

Common Goal
For team alignment, the team needs a common goal. It should be crystal clear what the goal is. It should be stated at every meeting, posted on the team board. Without a clarified goal there is no reason for a team to exist.

Communication and Collaboration
The first few meetings will be all about learning how to communicate with each other. Constant communication and the accompanying collaboration are vital to the teams success, don’t neglect it. 

A team needs ownership and control over all decisions, processes, and activities that are made within the team, and that ultimately affect their day-to-day tasks and responsibilities. Without control, the team is just a workgroup.

Positive Conflict
The team needs to have conflict but in a positive way. Without conflict, you risk group think and the team will be less effective. As long as the group processes differences in opinion in a positive manner they will resolve the coflicts and have better solutions

 The organization must empower and support the team as a whole. The team also empowers its members. Key elements of this are that leadership and responsibilities must be shared. Everyone must share the same vision

A diverse team is an effective team. Diversity helps prevent groupthink and promotes a healthy range of ideas. Sometimes it’s hard to form a diverse team but make the effort to create as diverse of a team as possible.  

Why Teamwork Matters

Teamwork is essential for a company to thrive however 39% of surveyed employees believe that people in their own organization don’t collaborate enough. It was found that only 14% of companies have workers who understand the company strategy, goals and direction. It is a known problem as 97% of employees believe a lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project and 96% of execs cite lack of collaboration of ineffective communications for workplace failures. Here are some stats as to why teamwork is important.

Lack of teamwork costs a lot of time. Employees spend 20% of their time looking for internal information or tracking down colleagues or help. The average time spent in the office trying to contact customers or colleagues is 74 minutes. 25% of employees frequently go outside their department to look for knowledge.
28 hours a week is spent writing emails, searching for information and collaborating internally. Poorly managed work groups are on average 50% less productive.

Teams that work together well (teams in the top 25%) incur lower healthcare costs. 64% of Millennials would be happier making $40K a year at a job they enjoy, rather than making 100K a year at a job they find uninteresting.

Employee turnover costs a company time and morale and lack of teamwork is a major factor causing an increase in employees leaving. 86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. Businesses with effective communication are 50% more likely to have lower employee turnover. 75% of employees are leaving their job because of poor management. 27% of employees who plan to leave within the first year cite feeling “disconnected” to the organization. 

So it’s clear Teamwork is critical to business success, so this week we will talk about the ways to get your teams working together.

Social Media Marketing for Business Class

Social Media Marketing for Business Feb 13th, 11am – 3:30pm

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