why are teams important?
"The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts"
It's an age-old adage that resonates from the sports field to the office. Teams fuel organizations. In the workplace every employee is dependent on his fellow employees to work together and contribute efficiently to the organization. It doesn’t mean everybody doing the same thing or everybody being able to do each other’s jobs. It’s more about a synergistic way of working, where the sum is greater than the parts. Properly managed, teamwork maximizes strengths, bringing out the best in each team member.
Good team relationships support employee engagement
On a higher level, good team relationships are essential for a motivated and engaged workforce. Engagement equals connection. Employees want a sense of belonging. They want a relationship with their team and their manager, and want to feel connected to the organization through the work they do. When employees are connected, they’re engaged.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success"
- Henry Ford
where traditional team building goes wrong
Team building events and break-aways have become commonplace in just about every organization across the globe. An organized effort to improve team effectiveness. From time-to-time employees are sent to away to bond by doing various team activities. Unfortunately, employees often think of them as a free "get out of work" card and a time to "party" at their companies expense.
That's why traditional team building efforts won't motivate your employees. If you have a team that isn't working well together, then forcing them together for a limited time on an ad-hoc basis won't make them suddenly like each other.
creating understanding using behavior profiles
People are different. We all have different preferences and personality types. You can choose your friends but in business you have to be effective with all types of people even if you do not naturally match their type.
The way to change team behaviors and promote cohesiveness is by understanding differences and communicating better. Teams function better when everyone understands each other's roles and preferences. DISC is a behavior model that you can use with your team to help identify and understand individual differences. When your team has a better understanding of individual preferences they can adapt their own behavior to be more effective in their interactions with each other.
Facilitating good team relationships is a fundamental manager skill to motivate and engage employees. The other key skills that make up the Management Foundations are: