Teamwork is an essential skill in almost any job, no matter what the role or industry. This is because, in more or less any role, you will need to work alongside others to successfully reach the same goal.
Although teamwork may sound like a skill that anyone can master, it is important to remember that everybody has different ways of working, as well as different communication styles. For example, some may only require a short conversation before beginning a task or large project, whereas others may prefer a more in-depth discussion, as well as the opportunity to write notes. By figuring out how your team works both individually as well as as a collective, you will then be able to navigate more or less any work situation.
In no particular order, here are some of our teamwork top tips:
Setting deadlines is imperative for completing any task or project, particularly when you are working closely within a team.
Deadlines should be set within the team, with regular catch-ups and meetings arranged during the run-up to each deadline to ensure that everything is on track for completion.
It is also a good idea to factor in review time. For example, if you have a deadline on a Monday, ensure that the work has been completed by Friday. This will help to reduce the stress within the group, and offers everyone enough time to make amendments if required.
Supporting one another is arguably the most important tip for successful teamwork. Each member of the team must be offered equal support and guidance.
If you see a member of your team struggling, see if you or another team member can help!
It can often be tempting to take on more roles and responsibilities than the rest of your team, as it helps you to feel more in control of the result. However, this isn’t effective teamwork! Delegating tasks to others can help to alleviate stress while also allowing other team members to feel involved and appreciated.
If you don’t know your team well, take the time to speak to them and find out what their strengths and weaknesses are and what tasks they’d most like to work on, then delegate tasks and responsibilities accordingly.
It isn’t uncommon for problems and conflicts to arise within teams, especially when pressures are high and deadlines are looming. If these occur, it is essential to resolve them professionally and as quickly as possible.
Firstly, the issue at hand should be recognised and then investigated. Take time to ask questions about the root issues.
Once you have done this, effective communication is key. It is imperative to ensure you don’t express criticism to any team members, especially if this could come across as a personal issue.
Once the root issue is addressed, the problem can then be easily resolved. For example, if a team member feels they have been delegated too many tasks or deadlines, work alongside them to re-delegate and see whether some deadlines can be amended.
Most importantly, communication
Good communication is the key to effective teamwork.
It is imperative to address the methods of communication that work best for the group to ensure no urgent meetings or deadlines are missed. This could be via email, Whatsapp, Slack, face-to-face – the list goes on!
After this is established, it’s time to figure out how you communicate with your other team members, but it’s essential not to use a one size fits all method of communication with your whole team. Some team members may prefer to be spoken to in a direct, firm manner, whereas others may require a softer communication style. Once you know your team better, their communication styles will become more apparent.
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