5 Team-Building Techniques for the Workplace

Do you own or manage a company? If so, you are most likely always on the lookout for new ways to create unity among your employees. After all, increased unity helps create a pleasant atmosphere in the workplace. And of course, those who are unified in purpose are generally more productive than those who are not. If your workplace is divided into teams, the unity among these individual teams is of the utmost importance if your company is to run smoothly and effectively. Here are five techniques that will increase unity among your employees.

Effective Communication

This may sound like an obvious statement, but if a team does not have an open communication policy, there is bound to be a great deal of frustration among employees. Make sure your teams have clear communication practices. Encourage them to share their ideas and concerns openly and freely. The leader of the team should be the one the employees should direct these ideas and concerns to. When something is brought to the leader’s attention, that individual should not simply dismiss it, but give it real and sincere consideration. This will help each member feel that he or she is equally contributing and that his or her ideas are valuable. In addition, it will decrease grumbling behind closed doors or among team members, which always leads to divisions that are unwelcome in team settings.

Motivation

Motivate your employees to put forth their very best efforts. Everyone needs a good reward for a job well done every now and then. Perhaps you can give some sort of reward to the team if it accomplishes a goal within a certain amount of time or succeeds in some other area in the business. In addition, encourage your employees to motivate and compliment one another. Every one should feel like an equally valuable member.

Clearly Defined Roles

Each person on the team should have a certain responsibility or set of responsibilities. If your employees have clearly-defined roles, you will certainly have less frustration in your team. If employees are uncertain about the various responsibilities, power struggles and differences of opinion are bound to creep into the team and will decrease its effectiveness. Again, unity is key.

Projects

Have clearly laid-out projects for your team to work on. Give employees a due date and, again, specific responsibilities. They should meet together often to counsel with one another and get advice, also sharing how they have progressed. As teams work together toward common goals in projects, they are able to help one another and receive help. Giving and receiving this help increases unity among teams, as individuals get outside themselves to help others succeed so the overall team succeeds as well.

Activities

Every once in a while, leave work out of the workplace and just have fun with the team. Perhaps you can take them on an outing, such as a trip to a local restaurant or out to play a sport of some kind. You will find that as you get your team outside the work mentality every once in a while, they will come together and really enjoy one another’s company. Becoming better friends will certainly transfer to better unity and success in the team.

These are simple suggestions, yet they have been proven to work in company teams. So give them a try and see which ones work best for you, your team, and your work environment as a whole.