Remember back in our school days, our teachers often encourage us to work in groups? We were told that working as a group is a great way to develop skills that would be useful in the real world. However, group work is not an easy feat especially if one or more members are uncooperative, this is why it is also considered as “test of friendship.”
In the business world, working with other people is necessary, as the ability to work as part of a team has even become part of the criteria when applying for a job. Teamwork plays a vital role in actually making the team work to achieve the goals. As the famous saying goes, “two heads are better than one.”
Hierarchical setup is the most common form of organizational structure, especially in traditional businesses. This is where everyone follows a chain of command, which is usually just an upward and downward type of communication similar to the military system.
However, businesses nowadays, mostly startups, use a flat organizational structure which promotes a more friendly and collaborative form of working environment. This modern kind of management structure is most effective since it is flexible, unlike the traditional form where employees are expected to obey and follow the chain of command at all times.
Building a great working relationship is one of the important foundations of a company, and teamwork serves as the main concept of startup organizations. More so, identifying the type of structure your business has, whether a startup or traditional, plays an important role ineffeciently carrying out strategies to improve teamwork.
Below are some points that can help you improve the teamwork in your startup company:
- Communication is key: Communication is two-way. It is not just about voicing out your ideas and opinions, but it is also about listening and understanding others’ suggestions and recommendations.
While we tend to listen so we could reply, this is actually the most common mistake that we commit repeatedly. Instead, we should listen to understand, not just to reply.
Online communication channels are as important as face-to-face interactions and meetings. Thus, members of the team should not feel awkward or shy to express their views without jeopardy.
- Set Roles and Responsibilities Clear: All members must feel that they are part of the whole team. Group leaders should also make sure that everyone is updated and well-informed of all the tasks and roles of each member to keep the business smoothly running as everyone works for the common goal.
By setting roles and responsibilities clearly, it will refrain from having forgotten important tasks, as well as projects to be completed by multiple people unnecessarily.
- Maintain the Balance of Work: The main point of being in a team is working together, so no member should bear all the burden of the work. It is given that team members are given different tasks, but you should ensure that the workload is distributed equally.
Things can get done more quickly as a group, however, we also need personal space. Give the members a chance to work on their own and a time to focus on their part of project. Setting specific times and days where you meet as a team is advisable so the members would not feel micromanaged.
- Take Time Out: Conflicts in team setting are normal. Although not all teams are made up of friends and does not really need to be in order to be effective and carry out the tasks, getting along with workmates is very essential in maintaining a happy and stress-free working environment. By getting to know each other outside the office, you can provide a new outlook on how people see things in a different perspective.
Taking things outside the workplace can bring new and brighter ideas. Also, you can acknowledge wins by taking the team out to celebrate. As they say, the success of one is the success of the whole team. When the members’ effort is clearly appreciated and credited, it helps strengthen the relationship among team members and their willingness to work together for the company.
Teamwork boils down to cooperation and communication. Nothing will be achieved within a team if mutual trust and respect do not exist. Working in team is having a sense of achievement, equity, and camaraderie—all of which are essential to any business and company.
When managed properly, teamwork maximizes strengths while bringing out the best in each member as individual strengths are complemented by the strengths of others making it an asset in the team. ###
Author bio – Franco Alvarez
Franco, the President and CEO of Foxhole Business Center. As a father of three and a full-time entrepreneur, he believes that there is always an opportunity to be of service to your fellow businessman. All you need to have is the right intention, and the proper skill set to be of help to others. In his downtime, he and his wife find new things to distract their kids with.