September 2, 2015

4 ways to engage team members at work

Teamwork is an integral part of a business dynamic.

Teamwork is an integral part of a business dynamic.

An effective workplace must understand the importance of differing team member styles and how each member contributes to the overall productivity and development of the business.
Although working within a team has numerous benefits, it can be difficult at times. As seen in MasteryTCN’s e-learning course, “Leadership: 5 Steps to Engage Your Team,” there are many factors to remember when developing teamwork.
This course empowers employees with the necessary tools needed to engage in forward thinking, analysis of success, understanding the benefits of goal achievement, and creating an effective plan of action. The video also features tips depicting the way in which employees can keep themselves and others on track in the office.
According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Human Resources, team members share a common purpose and their teamwork is defined by a shared commitment to its overall process and end product.
There are many ways to be an effective team member. These include an interest and ability to communicate efficiently, a supportive attitude and a willingness to be completely involved.
Keep the following four tips in mind when further developing the teamwork capabilities of your employees:

  • Challenge ideas effectively: Different types of employees often make up a team at work. Due to this, the ideas brought to the table vary in execution, type and overall style. Team members must have the ability to listen to and understand the ideas of others and be able to express their concerns as to why it is not suitable in a polite, but firm manner. Shutting down someone’s idea in a rude or abrasive manner creates distrust, as well as animosity, within the group.
  • Efficient work practices: Team members must be able to stay on track and complete tasks within deadlines. Be sure to delegate tasks, work together when necessary and complete your project in a manner in which everyone agrees.
  • Mutual accountability: Team members must have a sense of accountability when working in a group. If a task is incomplete or completed in the wrong way, team members must be willing to admit their mistake and move forward. In this, be sure to not explicitly blame or implicate others for their mistakes. Often, mistakes are made numerous times during a work day or project and should be treated as a learning experience.
  • Understand why teamwork itself is important: This may seem obvious,  but if an employee isn’t willing to be a team player, they probably shouldn’t be a part of one. Teamwork is an essential piece of the work environment. Although the management may be seen as the people leading a business, great teamwork makes everything possible.

To learn more about teamwork and employee engagement, check out these related courses from MasteryTCN.

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