Teamwork is the lifeblood of any business organization. Without a cohesive team, reaching business goals will be difficult. When you have a core team comprising four to five employees, it is essential to bring everyone on board to reach common objectives.
A tight-knit team will ensure professional success through better inter-personal rapport. When the work environment is conducive to teamwork, employees will enjoy coming into work on a daily basis. Here are a few ways you can a small business team together:
- A strong foundation
Building a strong foundation from the get-go is imperative. The first task involves choosing team members that have a good synergy. If there are members who prefer working alone, avoid making them part of your team. Also, team members should have complementary skill setsto ensure goals are achieved faster.
To bring a small business team closer, the focus should be on the collective as opposed to the individual. Setting business goals that are beneficial to the team as a whole is imperative.When the team works towards a common goal, they will have no option but to collaborate and cross-communicate to reach them.
- Conflict resolution
Make sure to resolve disputes even before they can happen. Notice the subtle signs of tension brewing between team members.Find a way to stop the dispute from escalating into something bigger. Solving disputes proactively will ensure fewer disagreements.
- Team rewards
Always remember to thank the entire team for a job well done. Do not hand out individual thank-you notes.Take the entire team out for dinner and drinks after work.When a small team achieves a big goal, they can discuss the achievement over dinner. The team will grow closer as a unit.
- Group participation
Involve the entire team when making tough decisions. Do not include a few and exclude the others. It could foster contempt and an unhealthy rivalry. When brainstorming ideas, ask the entire team for inputs. When the group members discuss ideas and share thoughts, you can be sure of arriving at the best solution.
- Smaller Teams
For individual projects, it is always a good idea to have smaller teams. Ensure two or three members of a group work together on an assignment. Make people work in closer contexts to facilitate better communication. Smaller teams will ensure better inter-personal relations.
Encourage out-of-the-box thinking
All teams come with different ideas. Some members might even have thoughts and ideas that are “out there”. Always listen to those ideas. You might just strike gold with a seemingly obscure idea.
- Switch Roles
Do not let members of the team get bored with their job roles. Always remember to switch roles to ensure fresh ideas. The person handling marketing could be given content writing. Or, the lady handling sales could be made to handle marketing. A switch up will keep things new.
- Idea exchange
A good leader never takes decisions on his own. Do not alienate your group members from the decision-making process. Ask them for opinions. This will build better understanding and trust among team members.
Confining your team to the four corners of an office space will hamper productivity. Arrange for a day out for better team building. Not only will conversation flow, group members will come to trust each other.
If there is a “weak link” in the team, ask the others to support him or her. When you uplift a member of the team, the entire group will learn to work cohesively. The “star performers” should never be treated differently.
For a small team to function well, you have to be able to invest time in building synergy.