5 teamwork skills for the workplace

In this connected world, almost everyone is dependent on others for their work to be successful. If you can consider that relationship to be a team, then together you just may accomplish great things (or at least the things you set out to do).

Here we share five time-tested teamwork skills to foster a culture of teamwork in your workplace.

1. Lead by example

In any leadership role, you will set the tone that others will follow. So eliminate any lingering bad work habits of your own, before you see the same traits appearing in your workers. Then, when you bend over backwards to encourage a team spirit, they will do the same.

2. Set team goals

If no one knows where the target is, no one can claim a bullseye. Does everyone know what the team is trying to achieve? A more proactive public image for the company? Better sales figures? Better customer service? Rather than leave it vague, clarify exactly what the goal is. Management specialists Weekdone say, “When the team as a whole has clear team goals to achieve and gets regular feedback, their performance and overall effectiveness improves.”

3. Promote communication

In this environment, the team members will feel free to contribute ideas. Even if they are incomplete or not fine-tuned, consider every idea for its merits. One person’s rough concept can be the stepping stone that the whole team can use to produce a great result.

4. Reward excellent teamwork

Some individuals in the team will get what you’re trying to do, and will step up to be helpful, hardworking, obliging, and so on. Recognition or rewards will encourage further progress. Productivity consultancy Time Doctor rightly states that “recognition can come in the form of kind words from a direct manager, or perhaps a photo in the company’s internal newsletter with a description of the achievement.”

5. Conflict resolution

With increased diversity in the workplace comes the potential for conflict on many levels. Most will be minor, but they can escalate if not handled quickly. Business writer Catherine Capozzi recommends that group members talk directly with the person creating any negative effects. Instead of creating a culture of blame, foster an attitude of being proactive and solution-oriented.

As well as your specific business goals, your team should be aiming to develop teamwork itself. If this has been a challenge in the past, praise every small step in that direction. A teamwork ethic is itself one of the most important goals to aim for.

A good team spirit will enhance productivity and staff retention. Another important advantage of a team ethic is simply that everyone at your company will look forward to coming to work each day. It doesn’t mean they all have to become best buddies. But if they recognise and rely on each other’s strengths, they will work better together. Better for them, better for the company.