When people start talking about recreating the office space, there are immediate references to the Google Headquarters where workspaces are filled will bean bags and wall paintings. Not all companies can afford that kind of luxury. But, there are changes that you can bring about as a team mentor that can promote team work and increase productivity. The key here is better communication with your team members and displaying the right attitude.
The tips below will help you in creating an environment that builds teamwork.
1. Break the ice: A team may comprise of employees who have been drawn from various departments. They may or may not know each other. As a team mentor, it is your duty to make proper introductions. Each of your team members brings a different set of expertise to the table. Therefore, it is crucial that everyone know whom to approach for a particular problem. You need not take your team members out for lunch or trekking parties to nurture team spirit, you can do that during team meetings too. Ensure that you are available whenever they need someone to talk to.
2. Share a common objective: It might sound unbelievable, but individual members of the team often have personal objectives, which may or may not be productive for the team as a whole. It is therefore your role as a team lead to ensure that these collective objectives add up to the team’s target. You can use meeting times to lay out the road map and assign clear-cut targets to individual team members. Make them aware of the shared common goal so that they understand what part of the cycle they fit in.
3. Encourage difference of opinions: A team often consists of members with varying perspectives and thought processes. And this can often result in difference of opinions. Contrary to popular perception, this need not necessarily be a problem for you. In fact, you can use these different opinions to your advantage. For this to happen, your team members should have the confidence to open up to you. You need to be a respectful listener whom they can approach anytime they want.
4. Maintain an open line of communication: Nothing fosters team work better than a team mentor who encourages his members to interact with each other as well as with him / her. Discussions need not be set aside for meetings alone. An ideal team is where the members are in a constant state of discussions, arguments, counterarguments and idea generation, all under the graceful guidance of the team mentor.
The above tips can go a long way in establishing an ideal environment that fosters team work.