How to Build Effective Team Work

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To create effective teamwork, these powerful actions must occur:

Managers communicate the clear expectation that teamwork and collaboration are expected. Supervisors are open and receptive to ideas and input from others. Team members can help keep other employee motivated by encouraging each other to contribute ideas, resolving differences to make the situation a win/win situation, help keep everyone involved by asking members for input and ideas, and using humor as a reminder that we can all get through the work even if it seems difficult at times.

Make sure employees understand the overall production process, particularly as it affects their work. They should understand how they fit in, and how to measure their performance. They should particularly understand areas they can control, such as productivity, customer satisfaction, and material loss.

Managers have to transition from command and control to coach and facilitate. Monitoring and supporting the team’s development is the focus.

Public rewards for team accomplishments encourage teamwork and team building. The behaviors of people rewarded with promotions or pay increases signal to others what is necessary to be successful. Supervisors should reward behavior that is consistent with the values, goals, and mission of the organization.

Important stories and folklore that people discuss within the company emphasize teamwork. Celebrate group successes publicly. Communicate story at the employee meeting. (Remember the month the department team reduced merchandise lost by 5 percent? Which employee do well and are promoted within the company are team players.)

The team player is a person that can influence others to act in a certain way. This employee may need at times to influence his team and provide a vision of what the organization or the specific task requires.

Public rewards for team accomplishments encourage teamwork and team building. The behaviors of people rewarded with promotions or pay increases signal to others what is necessary to be successful.

Hold department meetings to review projects and progress, to obtain broad input, and to coordinate shared work processes. If team members are not getting along, examine the work processes they mutually own.
Use employee climate surveys to build openness and reinforce desired values. The surveys address attitudes and concerns that help the organization work with employees to instill positive changes. Employee climate and attitude surveys assess the attitudes of managers and employees in a confidential and non-threatening way. Employee surveys can address specific areas of employee concern or cover much broader areas.

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