Of course, effective teamwork takes effort from all parts involved. But more importantly, how can we achieve success as a team? We’ve got you covered! Read on to find out how teamwork really makes the dream work!
However, motivation doesn’t have to only be targeted towards work. Attributes, for example, can be acknowledged. Some examples of this include: willingness to tackle hard tasks, ability to meet deadlines, sense of responsibility. In essence, it makes people feel motivated when their efforts and abilities are appreciated.
As different points of views are shared between members of a team, it can be difficult to see eye-to-eye sometimes. Nonetheless, this does not necessarily mean that there is conflict. Instead, it may be that there was a fault in the way a message was delivered. Alternatively, it could be the case that there are differences in language or culture. Thus, to avoid conflicts or misunderstandings, it is important that differences are first discussed and understood.
In the same manner, asking things like “did you get that? Do you understand what we need to do?” are good ways to ensure the message is understood. Nevertheless, there are times in which we are left with doubts for not asking questions or assuming we understood the information completely. As a result of this, we can be freed from that fog of misunderstanding and doubt.
Equally as important, having good coordination within your team is key to keeping a steady pace towards completing a task. Especially, if you have an interdisciplinary team with each team member having their own certain types of tasks or jobs, coordinating tasks may become more difficult compared to a standard team in which all team members work towards the same specific goal.
To begin with, you would need to determine the length of time a task needs in order to be completed. From there, identify the skills and tools needed to complete the task. For example, a project could take weeks or months to complete, and may need many different tools. Additionally, a project could also need skills achievable through countless years of experience. But on the other hand, a task could also be something completed within a few hours, with no special tools or skills. For example, being the one in charge of setting up weekly meetings.
On the other hand, when disclosing your tasks it is important to let your teammates know what the brief description, timeframe, risks involved and the acceptance criteria are for the task at issue. In doing this, your teammates can understand what your tasks consist of, how much time it will take, the risks involved and what the final product or outcome will be. As a result, you will benefit from effective task-management processes
Additionally, when arranging timeframes and deadlines you should take into consideration your teammates tasks and deadlines. Especially if you are directly or indirectly involved with those tasks.
On another point, staying connected and informed is a very important part of effective teamwork. In fact, meetings should be conducted every certain amount of time, depending on the needs of each team. Furthermore, these meetings should be used for discussing important updates, deadlines, tasks completed, concerns and any other relevant information. Then again, they can also be used for clearing up doubts or expanding on a topic that might be difficult to understand through reading.
Some channels you can use for communication are: Google Meet, WhatsApp, Slack, email and many more!
Achieving goals is probably the most satisfying phase of a project’s life cycle. However, we sometimes take this for granted. More specifically, we tend to overlook or undervalue our own achievements. Especially in teams, you should celebrate with your teammates, something that we often miss doing when we’re working individually.
Granted, there are many ways to celebrate success: team-bonding activities, trophies/medals/prizes, or even as simple as congratulating the team member.
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