Teamwork is one of our 11 core values at Linhart PR. We put it into practice, and we put it in writing, stating: “We believe in teamwork—collaborating with, empowering, supporting and communicating openly with each other, as well as valuing and celebrating our different strengths and talents.”
Based on our experience, we’ve found five ways to build and enhance team-focused workplaces in order to increase employee productivity, satisfaction and results.
1. Build Trust: Do what you say you’re going to do, be upfront and honest. If a team member has a challenge with a colleague, encourage them to sort it out together. Trust is not a given – it’s earned – and it’s at the foundation of the strongest, most successful teams.
2. Leverage Strengths and Share Talents: We all bring different experiences, skills and interests to the table. Find ways for team members to get to know one another and learn what those strengths and talents are, so they can maximize them to drive team success.
3. Keep an Open Mind: Team or project leaders should be open to new ideas and receptive to other ways of doing things. For team members, it’s important to find and share different approaches or solutions to problems.
4. Be Nice, Helpful and Assume Positive Intent: These are simple things, but they are vitally important. For example:
–Being nice goes a long way with peers, colleagues and clients – don’t underestimate its power. It’s a bridge-builder. And, research shows being “likeable” is the key to being persuasive, a skill that’s sure to earn team, workplace and client success.
–Be helpful. Proactively offer to take on a project. Make it possible for a busy teammate to leave the office at a reasonable hour by pitching in an extra 30 minutes of your own. We all need help and support every now and again, and these are the kinds of actions that can deepen team bonds – especially when they’re reciprocal. And, remember to ask for help when you need it.
–Don’t jump to conclusions. We’re all very busy, and sometimes things come out wrong, whether in person or over email. Assume positive intent and give teammates the benefit of the doubt. If they’re making good on the first three tips they’ve earned it.
5. Achieve Success and Celebrate: Strong teams create value together. They spark creativity and uncover new opportunities. They accomplish more in less time. They problem-solve faster and offer better solutions. They minimize risk because someone is always anticipating or thinking about something you forgot. Strong teams have satisfied clients and team members feel more satisfied themselves because they feel challenged, supported and are achieving more overall. Celebrating together shows appreciation and thanks, and motivates the team to tackle the next project together and with enthusiasm.
How have you created a culture of team collaboration in your workplace?