As managers, there is that constant struggle to succeed in managing people. You need to look into their welfare with the consideration of making them do their jobs excellently and properly. As a team, collaboration and teamwork are both very important. And sometimes, you will get to experience conflicts along the way.
To stay effective in managing your team, you have to encourage teamwork at all times. Here are some tips that you can follow:
1. Know Every Member of the Team
Developing a good relationship with every employee forms a strong bond throughout the entire team. Building individual relationships helps ensure mutual respect between you and every employee. Getting to know team members on an individual basis also cements your position as the group leader and the person to talk to in case of issues.
2. Set Ground Rules
Create a reporting infrastructure so that team members know their roles and to whom they should report a problem. If the team disagrees on an issue, decide which members get to make the final calls. Establishing ground rules for conflicts prevents arguments from getting out of hand.
3. Agree on a Team Mission
Start a team project by clearly articulating the team’s overall mission. Letting employees see the entire company vision clears up any misunderstandings about their individual roles on the project. Paint the big picture and open up the floor for discussion in case there are any questions.
4. Encourage Sharing
If a shy team member is not contributing, ask their opinion on an issue to get them to speak up. Every team member should contribute to the conversation. Although public speaking may not be the employee’s strongest skill, the group needs to hear from everyone to avoid resentment over unbalanced contributions.
5. Set Goals and Timelines
A solid timeline keeps employees on schedule when working on a team project. By mapping out individual goals on a set timeline, individuals can see how they need to progress as the team project moves along. Without a clearly stated plan, responsibilities fall by the wayside and get lost in the shuffle.