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10 tips for better teamwork

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Great teamwork is the key ingredient to a great business. We believe that simplicity, clear objectives and good morale kick start a good team process. If you nurture your team, your team will deliver results for your business.

In this article, I'm going to take you through 10 tips you should consider to help you and your team work better together. These tips will help you:

Increase motivation

People perform at their best when they're motivated to do great things. So we will get your team pumped to do more.

Promote interactions

Everyone wants to feel heard and valued. So we'll encourage team members to be more active and do more.

Improve efficiencies & productivity

A team without a process can cause chaos. Often building a process happens naturally, and you don't look to see if there is a better way. Combining the tips in this article will help you to be more productive.

Allow people to learn and grow

Don't fall into the trap of building a culture where mistakes are punishable by death. We're all human. Mistakes can happen. Your team need to know that mistakes are okay as long as you have a process to learn and improve and not repeat the same mistakes.

Deliver positive energy

A team's positive mindset can yield over 10x the return of a negative work environment. This is a difficult point to measure but makes a world of difference for your team.

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1. Set a clear goal

In a world where everything is getting more complicated, try to keep your work simple. You must start with clear and defined goals and objectives for teams to work better together.

For example:

Imagine being asked to pick up juice from the shop but not being told what type of juice to get. The chance of getting the right juice is low.

Now imagine that you are asked to get 2 litres of fresh orange juice with no bits and an expiry date of over one week in the future. It would be tricky not to get the right juice.

Try and apply this same logic to all your goals and tasks. Teams will feel more confident in tasks they complete, and production times will quickly decrease.

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2. Explain the Why?

It's essential to explain the background of your projects and tasks. Cover the why behind the work. Any potential hurdles, issues, parameters or details. This will give people a much larger picture of the tasks at hand, improve productivity and reduce the risk of errors.

Being transparent with your team means opening the floor to communication. Make sure there is always a platform for people to ask questions and deliver better results.

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3. Recognise peoples accomplishments

Proactive teams deliver better results than reactive teams. Display recognition for good teamwork and results, so you bring teams together and instil confidence in making the right collaborative decisions.

Deliver recognition regularly for good teamwork. Be creative in the way that you provide credit and make sure all team members are involved.

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4. Track work in progress

It's essential to have a real-time view of progress; you need to do this in a way that works for you. Play around with kanban boards, timelines, calendars, list views and dashboards to discover what works best for you. Once you know what works for you, ensure you can see real-time information in your preferred view. This will deliver the data you need to better your team collaboration.

Implement a productivity app that allows you to get all content from all team members in real-time. With this, you can follow all progress as it happens.

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5. Communicate in one place

If you browse your app store, you will see hundreds of different management tools—everything from what's app and zoom to calendars and email clients. The more apps you incorporate into your workflow, the greater the chance of missing things.

Try bringing all your communication and task management channels into a straightforward, easy-to-use product. This will streamline your teamwork and drastically reduce the chance of issues.

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6. Encourage decisive teamwork

We live in a world where every work day can be drastically different. Some days may see all team members being in the office. Others may see more remote working.

Whether you are working next to your team or you're miles away, if team members are encouraged to make decisions and take accountability for these decisions, you will see much better results from your teams. People will be accountable for their contributions, and your team will begin to get stronger.

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7. Promote efficient meetings

Set a clear meeting agenda and encourage all relevant team members to be present in meetings. Get people to speak up with their views and to be honest with their thoughts. This will prompt a two-way communication platform for managers to guide staff and for staff to give first-hand feedback.

Focus on having a simple agenda that everyone understands, so meetings are kept to a minimum time whilst arriving at actionable conclusions.

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8. Make sure people are accountable

It's often difficult to make people accountable for their work without falling into the trap of creating a blame culture.

Start by explaining the bigger business or project picture, and outline the objectives. This will give teams a better understanding of the direction they need to travel in.

Actively promote communication, no matter how small a point may be. Don't let things get brushed under the carpet. Instead, try buddy people up with complimenting skills so your teams work together to achieve the required outcome. This makes people accountable for their work and the standards of the team.

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9. Encourage positive communication, feedback and recognition

It's important that teams respect each other and don't fear communicating regularly. This starts with people feeling comfortable expressing their thoughts, opinions and insights. Make sure your teams are as good at listening to others as sharing their points.

Keep an eye on the engagement of your management application. If you don't see much communication, this is often because there isn't a positive tone in the communication. Be sure to address this earlier rather than later.

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10. Promote problem-solving

Provide people with a platform to share different approaches, where they know they will be heard. In sharing perspectives and potential problem-solving strategies, you will find teams are naturally thinking about the outcome of their work and how best to deliver the correct results.

Try running regular progress reports to measure this. Make sure that all team members contribute to the work's success and that work is successfully completed.

What are the main benefits of great teamwork in the workplace?

Applying the points covered in this article will create a positive, proactive environment for great teamwork. You will see your processes evolve that attract rockstar team members; quality will improve, and team morale will forever grow.

Alongside this, you will find that objectives become more precise, efficiencies improve, and teams become more and more productive.

Start motivating your team to be better team players with some of these tips and see how your results begin to improve.

We have baked all these points into Taskbox to ensure that people become better team players. So why not start a free trial on Taskbox today to see how our team collaboration platform can help you?

All the best,
Ben

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