Building Team Unity

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Group of people smiling and laughing togetherEvery business leader wants to establish a great culture and strong teamwork in their organization.  A great culture enables success, builds the fabric of the team, and also attracts new talent.  However, we all have seen a talented team fail, due to poor culture or interpersonal dynamics.

Having a great team is all about the people! Human beings have self-esteem and are driven by their ambitions. In general, they want growth and they want their independence.

Different Ways to Make a Cohesive Team

How do you build an environment of team unity? In today’s world, people cannot be “roped” into a team and be successful. They must want to join.  That’s why this first step is the most crucial:  you must clearly define the goals. It is important for everyone on the team to understand the company goals and all work toward a common vision.  Establishing and communicating company mission, vision and values is an important part in forming team unity.  If everyone is not working to achieve the same goal, you will never see great success.

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Clearly define roles. Without clearly defined roles in your organization, productivity grinds to a standstill.  Too many voices can slow down the process, leading to missed deadlines or errors and poor behavior.  Motivation and engagement can also take a hit when confusion reigns.

Establish trust.  Trusting your coworkers to do their best is a vital part of having an effective team or business, and this doesn’t happen overnight.

Encourage open communication. The ability to communicate clearly is critical, yet some companies take it for granted.  Effective communication can help foster a good working environment between leaders and staff.  If employees can speak their minds without fearing repercussions, your teams are more likely to succeed.

Practice. That’s right, team unity – having a unified team of people with a singular focus – takes time and requires practice. It won’t happen overnight, and you certainly won’t have “buy-in” from all employees immediately.  By incorporating team building activities inside and outside of work, you allow teams to bond and work together toward one common goal. The activities don’t have to be extravagant or expensive—simply hold regular activities to bring your teams together.

Contact the author directly at marissa.corken@staffone.com.

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