Important Tips to Tackle Teamwork Challenges

by Kylee Stone Feb 4,2020

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Building up a strong team that contributes to outstanding achievements is one of the greatest challenges any manager faces. If you are looking to nurture a team that excels, inculcate the 3-fold responsibility approach on every team member.

You should align them with the following 3 responsibilities–

  1. Connecting with teammates
  2. Wiring up with work
  3. Aligning with the company goal

In a research article published by The Harvard Business Review, they say, ‘‘over the past two decades the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more.”

Given that we spend a significant amount of time communicating with our co-workers, this should ideally lead to enhanced teamwork. But there is an essential ingredient, without which teams fail miserably – Connection.

As humans, not just in our social or private spheres, we crave to be successful, satisfied, encouraged and valued even at our workplaces. When we fail to derive the connection, we start disconnecting from work and productivity.

Also read: Developing a High Performance Team

Here are some tips to tackling teamwork challenges:

Instill a Sense of Trust:

In order to build trust, team members have to know each other, on the professional and personal front. Else they won’t connect, nor engage, and they obviously won’t trust each other. To instill trust, get your team members to spend time in some fun activities and interact with each other.

Handle Conflict With Care:

Difference of opinion can be a good thing. It can prompt insightful debates, bring out different perspectives, expand knowledge and lead to innovation. If that difference of opinion grows to become a conflict, that can become a challenge. If you can handle the situation carefully, instead of the team breaking apart, it can enhance the team bond and inspire growth.

Fortify Trust Through Transparency:

There is no trust where there is no transparency. Important thing is, it has to start at the top. As a senior employee, it’s your responsibility to trigger and enhance it. Employees will automatically follow you, when they see the good results.

Also read: 6 Traits of High Performance Teams

Don’t Hoard Information:

Every team member brings in distinctive skills, knowledge, proficiency and prudence to the table. A strong team would liberally share knowledge for the benefit of everyone. This strengthens the team and propels it forward.

Avoid Working in Silos:

Some teams require great focus and hence, working in silos is commendable. If you wish to build a strong team though, working in silos won’t get you very far. Every person has limited exposure and experience that can only get you so far. Power comes when the whole team is working together in earnest in order to achieve a goal. It’s a great feeling to be part of a team where every member is thinking of it as one and not just themselves.

So, if you wish to form and regulate an excelling team, notice behaviours. When you notice something that might put a wedge in the team, stir things towards clarity and transparency. It’s when we change the way we conduct ourselves; we can make the greatest impact and build an effective team.

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Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

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