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15 Ways to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace

You spend 1/3 of your day at work. That means that your coworkers are an extended family and learning to improve teamwork in the workplace will go a long way to creating a peaceful, satisfying environment in which to spend your time.

In Rock and Roll, your band members are your team, and if you can’t work together… you’re not going to survive life on the road. Musicians talk about those awesome moments where the sound is “tight,” where all the instruments and vocal elements blend together to create something greater than anyone could create alone. Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that: “If you want to rock, your band matters as much as your attitude. You have to surround yourself with the right people, you have to create the right relationships with them, and you have to work together.”

Strategies to Improve Teamwork

There are a number of strategies you can use to improve how your employees relate to one another. These include:

1. Create a vision

A vision is a unifying force that everyone on the team works toward. When you communicate your vision, your team members have something larger than themselves to focus on.

“All the big bands began as little bands with a vision.” – Steven Tyler

2. Commit to the long haul

Harvard psychologists found that the longer a group works together, the more effective they are. Select team members that are future-focused and are willing to do what’s best for the company.

3. Be clear about roles and responsibilities

Does your drummer think he’s responsible for playing bass? If so, your bass player is likely to get irritated. Clearly define each team member’s roles so they know what they are responsible for and what should be handled by another employee. This prevents one employee from doing the brunt of the work (and becoming resentful) while another shirks his responsibilities.

4. Celebrate wins

When your team hits a goal or works together to overcome a challenge, celebrate! Creating a festive work environment and celebrating teamwork will help your employees feel like a band that makes beautiful music.

5. Schedule regular meetings

One-on-One feedback is important, however, holding team meetings allow you to gather staff together to remind them that they are not alone on their journey.

6. Hire as a team

A lead singer wouldn’t bring on a guitar player without consulting the other band members, so why would you do that to your team members? When employees are asked to provide input regarding new team members that join the department, they are more likely to work cohesively. Holding group interviews is a great way to see if personalities will mesh.

7. Encourage socialization

Provide opportunities for employees to spend time together outside of the office. When team members get to know each other as people, not just coworkers, they are more likely to develop empathy and treat each other better in the workplace.

8. Set goals

Employees should have individual goals and team goals to work towards. Having team goals will encourage them to work together and support one another to create rock star results.

9. Avoid micro-managing

Many employees don’t do well in an environment where they are watched constantly. Trust your team enough to give them the space they need to rock out, build relationships, and reach their goals.

10. Encourage open communication

Do your employees feel comfortable approaching you with new ideas and challenges? How about voicing their concerns with their peers? Foster a culture of open communication and head off conflict before it arises.

11. Handle conflict quickly

Anger, frustration, and resentment that’s allowed to fester can destroy a team from the inside out. Encourage employees to come to you with any challenges or complaints they have regarding other employees so the conflict can be handled before it damages the relationship.

12. Discourage gossip

Gossip spreads like wildfire throughout a company leaving victims in its wake. Let employees know that “water cooler gossip” won’t be tolerated and that if conflicts arise, they should be brought to your attention immediately.

13. Respect each other’s differences

Just like a band, your team is made up of different personalities, different skills, and different preferences. Everyone on your team should be kind and respectful to one other or they shouldn’t be on your team.

14. Educate and motivate

Sometimes it takes an outside party to recognize the challenges in your department or business and create a plan to improve the teamwork going forward. A motivational speaker and consultant can help you determine what changes need to be made and how they will be implemented.

15. Lead by example

If you want to have an excellent team, you have to be an excellent leader. Model the behaviors that you’d like to see from your employees.

Teamwork is one of the most important aspects of making a company (or a band) work. When you get the right people together with the right attitude, you’ll be sure to hit the top of the charts.

“I owe everything to the musicians I work with.” Robert Plant

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.