Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:29

Building a Culture of Teamwork

In today's hypercompetitive business climate, can anything short of full collaboration with your team members truly help a business to grow? Teamwork factors into almost all business processes. For us that could be our team of lumber traders to our service personnel. From green lumber buyers to kiln supervisors, teamwork is paramount because it allows us to provide the best possible products and service to our customers. DSC7182

As we continue to try to improve, we recognize the importance of building a culture that promotes a team mentality, here are a few tips we have found valuable to keep in mind.

Communicate. When everyone within the organization is on the same page teamwork thrives. It is important to encourage employees to communicate frequently, both with each other and with their supervisors. Provide tools from texting to video chat so that team communications can prosper.

Listen. There is a lot that can be gained by listening closely to what team members have to say. Invite people to speak up and, when appropriate, take action based on what they tell you. Active listening makes team members feel valued, not ignored.”

Set an Example. Your employees will be more motivated to actively collaborate if they see this behavior taking place at all levels of leadership. As part of your ongoing efforts to create a culture of collaboration, share examples of projects or initiatives where executives actively worked together to achieve a positive outcome.

Provide Opportunity. As teamwork grows within the company, look for important organizational problems or challenges a team of creative employees can tackle on its own. Offer basic guidelines prior to assigning this task, but giving the team the opportunity to operate on its own which can result in excellent solutions.

Focus on the “Big Picture.” Teamwork grows out of a belief that everyone’s working towards the same objective. This is difficult to achieve when employees lack a clear understanding of a company’s values and mission. Whenever possible make the effort to demonstrate a clear link between team projects and your organization’s broader goals. This helps people understand that the roles they play have a direct bearing on the company’s overall growth and success.

Go Off-Site. Teambuilding activities work best when they take place off-site. Whether it’s gathering to watch a sporting event or just getting together for lunch at a popular restaurant, letting people relax in an informal setting helps strengthen bonds and energizes employees to achieve more once they’re back in the workplace.

Celebrate Achievements. A very important element of a culture of teamwork is celebrating the team’s efforts. Monetary incentives are always nice, but other types of recognition help build the right spirit as well. Rewards and celebrations reinforce a collaborative attitude while also demonstrating your gratitude for a job well done.

Every employee’s contribution is valuable, but when a team of individuals grows into a creative force, there’s no telling what can be achieved.

What methods did you find effective in creating a culture of teamwork at your organization?

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