Teamwork is defined as, “co-operative or co-ordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team and work done by several associates with each doing a part, but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of the whole”.
In simple words, teamwork is a set of activities, performed by team members, to fulfill a common goal that is decided by the organisation.
This leads directly to the benefits of building teams and, of course, team building exercises.
Team building exercises can be used by any business, large or small, to promote teamwork in the workplace and as most business owners and managers know, great teamwork is one of the key factors associated with a company’s success.
There are many different reasons why companies use team building exercises, these can include: improving communication, boosting morale, motivation, ice breakers, learning effective strategies, improving productivity, learning about one’s strengths and weaknesses.
Teamwork can be rewarding, but at times it can be difficult and downright frustrating. If there are poor communicators on your team, you may often feel confused, let down or misunderstood. Here are six common blunders to avoid in the workplace in order to create a successful team.
Common teamwork blunders
If you have a problem with someone in your group, talk to him,her about it. Letting bad feelings brew will only make you bitter and want to isolate yourself from the group. Not only does it feel good to get it out, it will be better for the team in the long run.
The blame game
People in your group will lose respect for you if you’re constantly blaming others for work that’s not getting done. You’re not fooling anyone; people know who isn’t pulling their weight in a group. Pointing the finger will only make you look cowardly. Be open and honest – it will earn you a lot more respect.
If a teammate suggests something, always consider it – even if it’s not the best idea you’ve ever heard. Considering the group’s input shows you’re interested in other people’s ideas, not just your own.
It’s one thing to rejoice in your successes with the group, but don’t act like a hero. Doing this will make others regret your personal successes and may create tension within the group. You don’t have to boast to let people know you’ve done a good job – have faith that people will recognise when good work is being done.
Look at the person who’s speaking to you and make eye contact. If you’re unclear about something that’s been said, ask for more information to clear up any confusion before moving on. Effective communication is a vital part of any team, so the value of good listening skills shouldn’t be underestimated.
Share suggestions, ideas, solutions and proposals with your team members. Take the time to help your fellow teammates, no matter what the request. You can guarantee there will be a time in the future when you’ll need some help or advice. And if you’ve helped them in past, they’ll be more than happy to lend a helping hand.