How to Improve Team Collaboration Skills
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Quote by Helen Keller
Leading a team and keeping them motivated and happy is a task for all managers and leaders. To help you with this thorny issue, we have assembled some useful tips on how to get more out of your teams on a regular basis. Hope they are of some help to you and your firm. Happy reading!
Here are some tips on How to Improve Team Collaboration Skills:
Communication – Transparent and easy communication between all members of the team (and stakeholders if necessary)is a must, Project management tools are at hand to improve communication and ensure everyone is working in tandem. There are no more silos as everyone is connected and sharing data & information like never before. Everyone is able to give feedback and be accountable for their duties.
Identify roles of each member – Assign specific roles and tasks to each team member. This enables them to know what the company expects from them and their contribution to the success of the team and company at large.
Innovative workspace – A creative and innovative workplace where ideas & feedback are encouraged enables members to shed their inhibitions and communicate, collaborate freely. Performances are improved and better outcomes are the net result.
Foster ties – It is imperative to ensure good relations and ties between team members to improve collaboration. This can be achieved in many ways such as off-sites, team-building exercises, fun games, activities and outings, encouraging feedback and mentorship. You can even have a “secret Santa” day once a month.
Voluntary work - Get the team members to come together once a month or a week to work together for an hour or 2 with a local NGO. Participation in a good cause and working together in a single pursuit helps build team spirit, camaraderie, and goodwill which is hard to replicate. Hence more companies are opting for this route and the results are for all to see. Codleo consulting employees volunteer at a school in North Delhi for marginalised communities for example.
Resolve conflicts rapidly – Settling conflicts among team members, team members, and management and inter departments quickly is a good way to keep harmony and the right work ambience. Be fair and be impartial and solve any issue in its bud. Don't let it fester or spread.
Organise town halls – Organise Company or team get together on a regular basis depending on the size of the company. Big MNCs have annual town halls where top achievers are recognised and rewarded. In these get-togethers, employees bond and get to know each other better. Relationships are built which help the company and these employees in the long run. Kinships encourage better work performances as everyone feels like a family and is motivated.
Celebrate team successes – Celebrate the team achievements, successes, and highs by various means. These are efforts to recognise the hard work of teams and are used by all workplaces of the world. These celebrations have a domino effect on other departments in the same company where they are also motivated to work better.
Positive ambience – This applies to the top management and leaders. It’s incumbent upon them to be happy, positive, humble, and approachable at all times. Carry everyone along and be there for everyone through their ups and downs. Create a happy working environment and see the results in the form of low attrition, better collaboration, and improved work and better financial bottom lines.