Ways to Build a Happy and Productive Work Team

leadership work culture Mar 23, 2022

 If you’re in charge of a project at work, you’ll find that one of your most important priorities is to make sure your team is going to get along and get things done effectively.  A happy and well-organized team is one that will excel. 

So what are the best ways to make sure that your team is in good shape?  Take a look at the tips below to help you build a strong team.

1. Get to Know Your Team’s Members
Take the time to really learn about everyone on the team.  What is each team member like and what are they good at? This can prove to be more challenging if you're working remotely and like for many of us, the day can slip away from you.

Knowing your team’s skills and weaknesses is something that is important to keeping everyone happy and productive. You’ll find that when you’re looking to get the best results from your team, you need to know what they excel in.  This can help you figure out where to place them and what to make them responsible for.

TAKE ACTION - look at your calendar at the beginning of every month. Who haven't you heard a lot from in the last month? Set up an online meeting (with the camera on!) and don't cancel! Then look at who else on your team you should reach out to, even if it's just a quick 15-minute chat. We're all busy, but take the time to make sure your employees know they are seen and are being heard.

2. Keep Everyone on the Same Page
One reason good teams fall apart is that some members have information others do not or some members feel unequal to others.

Remember that keeping your team briefed is an extremely important part of being a good team leader.  Keep everyone up to date on the information that is available, and if it is not available, let them know why.  

3. Don’t Force Contrasting Personalities to Work Together
There’s a chance you’ll have two people on your team who aren’t going to get along. That’s okay.  Your team doesn’t have to be a second family. Trying to force all team members to get along can cause more trouble in the long run!  

Acknowledge that everyone doesn’t have to get along, but everyone must be respectful.  Personality clashes might, whether you like it or not, spillover on the job, so avoid taking sides and, instead, find a swift solution to resolve any conflicts.

4. Don’t Let Bad Apples Hold the Team Back
It’s almost inevitable that you’ll have a member of your team who thinks they can sit back and let the rest of the group do all the work. If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t let it set the entire team back. If, after discussing the issue with the employee, they still refuse to pull their weight, remove them from the team and assign their portion to someone else. 

As the team’s leader, you may need to take on the extra work yourself, but at least it’s getting done and your team will appreciate and respect your efforts.

5. Be Respectful of Their Talents
One of the most important things a team leader can do is to stand back and let talented people work.  When you’re constantly hovering over their shoulder, you’re essentially saying that you don’t trust them to do their job.  Have faith in your team! 

If they say they’ll deliver, make sure you respect their promise unless you have a justifiable reason to doubt them. Remember, if members of your team are already working hard there’s no reason to crack the whip on them.

6. Reward and Recognize Members for a Job Well Done
One great thing you can do is to show your team how much you appreciate their efforts.  Check with management, if necessary, to decide how you can reward your team so they know you appreciate their hard work. 

Whether you take them out to lunch or something as simple as letting everyone out a little early, rewarding your team can go a long way towards making them more productive.

Above all, don’t lose sight of how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes. Keeping those feelings, along with the tips above, in mind will create a fun and team-oriented atmosphere for everyone involved.