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What Can Foster Teamwork?

By Bart Icles

It is no secret that to have a truly productive group of employees, you need them to not only be capable workers and be able to fully understand the goals of the company. They should also be able to work well with other people in the company, most especially the ones who work within the same department or division, because they are all supposed to cooperate in order to achieve very specific goals. If they can’t work with one another, if the group is too ridden with inter-department squabbling and disagreements, or if some people simply don’t like one another, then it’s going to create a miserable environment for all, which would definitely give rise to resignations. Such a state of affairs would be quite a shame, especially because the problems are either preventable or resolvable, and you just need to be a more aware leader to recognize them and know what to do.

When it comes to problems with teamwork, the instant reaction is to have the employees go through team building sessions and workshops to try to resolve the issues they are facing. This could take during one weekend, or maybe a few seminars with a consultant. Without a doubt, these are definitely helpful when done right and if the consultant has a thorough understanding of what has been happening to the department. But there are also some things you need to focus on, if you truly want to improve people’s sense of teamwork.

First of all, building morale is a must. A group of workers who don’t feel that the work they do is worth anything is a group that loses its sense of importance, and when this happens, they simply don’t strive to give their best in their jobs. Let them know that what they do does matter, and provide them with examples to show how their work has contributed to the company.

Then, you also have to create a sort of “us against the world” mentality. Give them difficult challenges that only they can do, and this should spur them into action and let them realize that when they work together, they can achieve quite a lot. Provide them with examples of work performed by similar companies, and challenge them to do even better, thus fostering teamwork.

Finally, you have to open the lines of communication. Resentment can typically build within a group if they feel that they have no say in anything and showing them otherwise will build their confidence and let them know that their thoughts and opinions do matter. All these techniques are solid ways to get started on improving people’s sense of teamwork.

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Icles, Bart "What Can Foster Teamwork?." What Can Foster Teamwork?. 1 Jul. 2010. 12 Dec 2014 <>.

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