Same Vision, Same Goal
One of the biggest hurdles in accomplishing goals in teams is that sometimes the distribution of work isn’t clear and certain objectives can fall through the cracks. Everyone wants to feel like they have something important to accomplish, so when you’re dividing the work, make sure it is organized into clearly delineated roles with tangible directives and goals. The members of your team should realize what role they are playing in working toward the end goal and understand how their role is crucial to meeting that goal.
Although you want your team to have a clear sense of exactly what they need to accomplish, you also want to give them the autonomy to approach it and complete it however they work best. For example, you don’t want to send them emails every day asking about their progress or treat them like they’re not capable of finishing their own tasks. The number one factor associated with happiness in the workplace is autonomy, and a happy employee is a productive one! Give them the benefit of the doubt and see what they can do without strict supervision.
One of the best parts of working on a team is that you get to get feedback and insight from other people, not to mention that it can be really fun! Schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings to let people get together and talk about what they’re doing – this gives people the chance to ask questions or ask for help if they need to. They can also share their experience of the project so far – things that might be working well or not working at all, and a team leader can make adjustments accordingly.
Whether working independently or alone, your staff needs positive feedback on their work. No one likes to slave away on a project only to have their work get ignored, and this is something to be especially aware of with a team project where the hard work of certain members is more likely to get overlooked. Make sure you are keeping track of what every member is doing and finding a way to say thank you or offer recognition.