By Mary Kelly
An effective team fosters creativity and takes advantage of diverse strengths and experiences. Working as a group can produce results beyond what any individual member could do alone.
However, some teams thrive while others flounder. Creating a collaborative environment takes work, and many obstacles can undermine the process.
Maybe negative competition runs rife. Or perhaps your organization could benefit from investing more time in teaching team-building skills.
Situations like these can take a heavy toll on job satisfaction and productivity. Learn how to spot and overcome 3 of the most common obstacles to team building.
Teams must understand their goals before they can commit to them. While work groups may function independently in some ways, they still need senior leadership to provide adequate direction and support.
Use these strategies to ensure that everyone on the team is on the same page:
Lack of Trust
Cohesive teams trust each other. They create an atmosphere where members feel safe to share information and take risks. Developing healthy relationships makes it easier to tackle any task.
Try these tips to build trust within the team:
Friendly and respectful communication makes employees feel like they belong. Team members feel more driven to achieve their common purpose.
Keep these effective communication techniques in mind:
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