The average employee can hardly last 10 minutes before getting distracted. Additionally, they also spend an average of 3 hours a day checking and replying to emails. These numbers are symptoms of a larger underlying issue in how we understand the idea of teamwork. While teams usually know what they’re meant to do, they aren’t always aware of the reason why. Businesses are so fixated on their goals and getting things done fast that they end up having your teams complete tasks without knowing the greater objective of the tasks, or how it will benefit their consumers. Work is now about crossing things off a list. Your team members are here for a reason, but if they aren’t aware of why, their productivity greatly decreases.
What is teamwork?
It seems that teamwork is now interpreted as being about every team member contributing to the conversation, until a final plan is devised. This pushes team members to critique each other’s work and ideas, and disregard individual accountability. Teamwork isn’t about receiving constant input from every member of your team. Rather, it is about having a collaborative effort that eases the complexity of tasks once a team member successfully finalises their individual tasks. Effective teamwork involves individual effort, succinct criticism and an awareness of the overall aim and results of the project. There’s also insufficient action and an excess of measurements. Setting complicated personal targets can lead to greater collaboration issues.
Teamwork is about making the right decisions, completing tasks correctly, working with the right team and getting things done efficiently. Most work-related stress comes from a lack of task accountability. Improve workflow by telling your team members why they have personal targets. Ensure they understand why you’ve assigned certain tasks and why they should care about doing them. Inform your team members of the project’s structure and how they can best collaborate to meet their company’s goals. Transparency and clear information relieve the stress that comes with uncertainty. Your team members will know their importance, and have the assistance they need to fulfil their role in the team. This sense of purpose will see improved teamwork, leading to greater success for your business.
Amjad Khanche is an Australian business entrepreneur, investor and technology enthusiast. He has over 20 years experience starting and developing multiple business. He shares his experiences from growing up in India to working with clients for 9East Marketing Services, where he mentors businesses to improve growth.