Many modern organizations have accepted that the new way to be efficient and allow creativity in the organization is by promoting team spirit. Now team spirit encourages creativity because it allows diverse ideas from equal authority sources. However, every individual is responsible for his own specialized actions and shares the authority of his individual projects. Hence, they wish to do it their own way that best suits them. So how can an organization build team spirit? How can a manager motivate teams to work together and be productive and profitable? The answer is easy. All you have to do is follow a few simple rules and tips.
The first thing a manager must do is assign a common goal. When team members are assigned common grounds and goals, they are bound to work together as the fall of one is the fall of all. Now what effect this has is that every individual in the team will assure that every other member is on track. Every individual will try to assist the others that need help or assistance, in any way possible. This promotes team work and team spirit: all for one and one for all. This also means that teams should be allowed to work individually and decide on who their leader is. Sometimes a leader is not even required, everyone tends to work together perfectly and the manager only needs to ask for feedback on the project status every now and then.
Identify Non-Value-Added Work
Bureaucracy, rework, and inefficiency are all those things that destroy employee morale and create a feeling of not wanting to commit to the work. Make sure that all workers are involved in all of the work and decision making so that no one employee benefits from working less than the others.
Build A Strong Relationship
Bring in sessions and activities that strengthen the relationship between all the team members. Offsite activities, company retreats and training sessions on team building, all help build better relations in teams.
Autonomy should always be provided to the team manager to see creativity and commitment. If the team feels they have the authority to make all decisions and come up with their own techniques, they will surely work better and excel. Creativity requires freedom and the best way freedom is provided in a company is through autonomy.
Avoid Conflicting Interests
Never try to micro evaluate team members. If you place competition and try to figure out what individual of the team is responsible for failure, then you’ll end up watching team members play the blame game.
Bring the idea of unity in strength into the organization’s culture. Any work is not one person’s work but the work for all individuals to reach the company’s ultimate goal. With this perception and idea in mind, no matter what department an employee works for, he will always be there to assist a fellow colleague in need. One crucial factor a manager must always control is “Competition”. The lesser competition there is between members of a team, the better. Competition between teams can be healthy as individuals will then try to work efficiently as a team than as individuals.