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Team Building: Workplace Harmony Can Improve Project Performance

Successful teams coordinate tasks across different areas of a company, contributing individual skills and strengths to meet shared objectives.

When you've got disconnected groups of workers spread around various areas of a project, it's hard to keep everyone on the same page to ensure that crucial company goals are met, like maintaining a safe working environment, facilitating a highly efficient workflow or cutting costs for a sustainable financial future. Building a team-based culture is integral to success, and to do that, you've got to identify key employees across all areas of the company, making use of each individual's skills and strengths.

Establishing teams with specific, set goals makes it easier to solve complex problems in the workplace, and improves productivity. Articulate a meaningful team purpose built around individual tasks, and create different teams for each one, with diverse membership that's based on merit and abilities rather than job titles. Team building isn't about putting together a board of manager types; it's about establishing communication and fostering a sense of connectedness around a shared objective.

Once you've established the goals you wish to meet, the first step to creating high-functioning teams in the workplace is identifying charismatic leaders who can motivate and enhance team performance by challenging members to participate, facilitating clear communication, and keeping everyone on task.

Choose team members who will contribute a certain skill set or knowledge base to a given goal. For example, you might appoint a particularly observant warehouse employee to oversee how efficiently certain job materials are being delivered when you're looking to eliminate wasted time and money in the supply chain.

The more the merrier doesn't apply when it comes to creating successful teams to enhance project performance. Depending on how many sub-groups of employees you have for various tasks, you might top it off at six or seven people. Have your groups meet regularly in shared, neutral spaces.

Clarify each team member's role as well as your expectations of them. Establish a set of guidelines that the group should adhere to, such as recording specific information and reporting the results at weekly meetings. Hold members accountable for their participation in a group, and reward them for their success using financial incentives or verbal public recognition for a job well done.

Effective groups use each individual's strengths, and help to grow new ones. Members must put the group's objectives above their own needs, and to do that, you've got to set purposes that are authentic and inspiring, and relevant to the individual's work. Once established, leadership teams in the workplace will coordinate tasks across various areas of the company for a higher chance of success on all sorts of goals.