Disagreements are an inherent part of working on a team. Teamwork is all about bringing versatility together and making the most of our differences.
Recently, frameworks in project management have actually begun to emphasize cross-functionality, which is the process of combining varied skillsets together toward a common goal.
This process begins to go wrong when teams begin to view their differences as hurdles rather than as uniqueness.
Common issues teams may face include miscommunicated information, the blame game, and varied working styles. These issues can all be solved with a few easy fixes—there’s always time to get your team back on track.
According to a research, employees that felt connected to their workplace showed more loyalty.
For this reason, it is paramount to help your team feel connected to their work in the best way possible. Doing so will open corridors for communication that you never knew existed.
Communicate well and often
A lack of proper communication can cost you—literally. According to recent research, miscommunication can cost your team as much as $62 million.
No one can read minds; you and your teammates must tell each other what they’re thinking.
Speaking up, while difficult at first, is the best thing you can do to improve the way your team works together.
It can also be useful to suggest or facilitate trainings on effective communication for your team. Many teams find this sort of training fun, especially when it includes sections like roleplay and simulations.
The same goes with warnings. The manager or leader of a team should be able to tell if team members are causing missed deadlines or task delays and communicate to them effectively. This can come in the form of a warning or a pep talk.
Meetings are a very effective way to communicate. However, they need to managed so as to work toward the team’s productivity without wasting company’s time.
This often means short, to-the-point meetings.
Sometimes spontaneous meetings are the best meetings. Something doesn’t feel right? Hold a team meeting or a one-on-one meeting with the parties in question.
That should save loads of time and boost energy.
Explore Task Management tools
You know what would really do the trick? If all of your communications, meet-ups, project follow-ups, and deadlines could be managed by one tool.
This is where task management tools shine best.
These tools assist in assigning tasks in a transparent, crystal-clear setting, with each team member aware of task distribution.
Team members can refer to the tool for updated information or reminders regarding meetings and project updates, all without the need to arrange physical meetings. This is especially useful if your company has multiple branches.
These task management applications are a great way to keep on top of the projects at hand. They will let you and your team be more creative, leaving the monotony to the software.
These are just a few ideas to help your team work better together. Do you have any ideas you’d like to share? Team up with us by commenting below.