5 Teamwork Skills Every Company Should Cultivate
In the construction industry, you wouldn’t be able to lay the first stone of a building or even begin an architectural design without teamwork. Collaboration serves as the foundation of every successful project – pun intended.
Cultivating strong collaborative skills ties in with our core value of “teamwork” here at Bobbitt, and it’s useful for companies in any industry. We utilize the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) to encourage collaboration and support our operations for sustainable growth. Teamwork is a big part of the EOS model, and we understand how critical it is to serving our clients. From this perspective, we’d like to share our recommendations for creating and encouraging successful, efficient teams. These tips work for us, and hopefully, they can help your company, too!
Establish clear roles for team members
Successful teams need members that can bring different aspects of expertise to the table. Establishing clear expectations of what each individual can and should contribute will help ensure the right combination, so all bases are covered for every project or task. This upfront communication eliminates redundancy in work output.
Use meetings wisely
Meetings can be an excellent opportunity to brainstorm and move projects along, but they can sometimes be a time-suck. Oftentimes, people are burned out by unnecessarily long meetings that don’t serve a meaningful purpose, and the longer employees stay in meetings, the less work they’re able to do. When you set a meeting, be intentional by establishing and communicating a clear goal. Develop and adhere to an agenda, so the process remains clear and organized.
Respect comes in many shapes and forms, but unfortunately, a lot of people can unknowingly disrespect people in both non-verbal or verbal ways. Begin by respecting the value of each other’s time, and don’t require or request attendance unless it’s needed. Don’t be late, unprepared or miss deadlines. Also, be considerate by not taking over the conversation, being too quiet or distracting from the discussion. Focus on what needs to get done by the group as a whole. There may be time to chat outside of the meeting later.
Create a safe space and show value
Creativity and great ideas don’t happen in a vacuum. The best outcomes are typically a result of different perspectives. People need to feel valued and safe to voice their viewpoint – especially when it may be different from the majority of the team. Be positive and acknowledge the contributions and positions of others to foster open communication and trust. Team members should not be scolded or admonished any time they try to improve a process or solve a problem.
Actively participate in discussions
Collaboration is a team sport. An employee on the sidelines who does not speak up denies the team the opportunity to know his or her thoughts. Employees on the other side of the spectrum may steamroll the conversation and not allow differing opinions to be heard. Master the balance of give and take. The best meetings happen when employees and leadership actively listen and meaningfully engage with one another.
At Bobbitt, we see every day the value that solid teamwork can have on a project or process. We continually strive to find more efficient ways to collaborate – not only to benefit our clients but also to provide an enjoyable work culture for our employees. Perhaps your company can use these teamwork tips to build more productive and efficient teams and create a workplace where everyone can fully contribute their talents.