How To Maintain Cohesion In Your Company Teams
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” ― Andrew Carnegie
Unity of purpose is essential to the success of any enterprise. When everyone is on the same page and working towards a common goal with a clear understanding of what needs to be achieved day by day and how their contributions matter, great results can be attained.
However, a cohesive team is a finely oiled machine - and if it’s not systematically maintained even the smallest faults can cause malfunctions that slow progress or worse, a blown gasket that brings everything to a dramatic halt.
Even the most productive teams will experience friction from time to time. The difference between a finely tuned engine and a jalopy, though, is that it’s far easier to identify an anomaly in the one with the sweetest purr. In other words, leaders who pay attention to the details, the human nuances, are more successful because familiarity can breed harmony. Those who do not heed subtle changes and take appropriate steps to restore equilibrium may ultimately find themselves hurtling downhill with no brakes.
So what can managers do to ensure that their team not only stays on course but realizes optimal performance? Here are six fundamental principles to adhere to:
Communicate clear objectives
Everyone on the team needs to know as precisely as possible the destination of each project journey, and the ultimate goal.
Have clearly designated roles
There can be no ambiguity in the job descriptions of every member of the team, including management. Each participant should know not only what they are expected to bring to the table, but also exactly what individual colleagues and management will be contributing.
Reward successful collaboration
Acknowledging and rewarding the entire team for a job well done presents a golden opportunity to demonstrate appreciation, promote loyalty, and boost solidarity.
Pay attention to routine interactions, not just between individual team members and management but also among team members themselves. Resolve any interpersonal issues before they escalate. Prioritize dispute mediation.
Enable open communication
Every member of the team must have a voice and no one should ever fear having their ideas shot down. Mutual respect is not negotiable. Ask for feedback and act on it.
Foster a team culture
Encourage team traditions and accommodate get-togethers for coffees and meals out. Set fun challenges and friendly competitions with other teams.
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” ― Babe Ruth