Teams and departments can be a tricky thing. On the one hand, multiple people can accomplish more than just one person (or even two people). On the other hand, problems can easily arise when two or more people get together for the purpose of accomplishing a goal.
That's exactly why it's absolutely critical for management to have a firm grasp on the situation and set each team and department up for success. There are multiple layers to such an endeavor, and each situation is different depending upon the people involved, the stated goal of the team, and the tasks and timeline associated with attaining that goal.
With all of this in mind, below are five tips for keeping your company's teams focused and productive:
#1 - Establish clear lines of communication.
Miscommunication has hurt many a team, and it doesn't take much miscommunication to send things awry. The key is to establish these clear lines of communication at the very beginning. You don't want to be playing "catch-up" the whole time.
#2 - Make sure that expectations are set, both individually and as a group.
Expectations include what each team member is expected to do and what they expect the other team members to do. It's a simple rule. When people know exactly what is expected of them, they're more likely to do what is expected of them.
#3 - Create a system of accountability for all team members.
That being said, the members of the team or group should be held accountable in some fashion for the work they do. (And just as importantly, for the work that they don't do.) Hopefully, everybody on the team is an intrinsically motivated individual, but that is rarely the case.
#4 - Troubleshoot possible conflict zones.
Some people just don't get along very well with other people. It's management's job to identify who these individuals are and where conflict might erupt. Identification is the first step toward elimination. (Of the conflict, not the employees.)
#5 - Reward good performance.
If the team or department performs well, then its members should be rewarded well. Positive reinforcement and even the simple recognition of accomplishments can go a long way toward keeping your company's teams more focused and productive.
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