Many hands make work lighter. In Hindi, they said “Two is better than one, four is better than two”.
Books had listed out many benefits of teamwork. Even though teamwork sounds like it was easy, most people still need training to build up their teamwork among colleagues. Differences in people’s personality make teamwork a bit difficult for them. While some people have natural gift towards team work, others need some helping hand to assist them to be more comfortable in working with other people.
Firstly, to encourage people towards team work, their mindset needs to be changed. To make people inclined towards team work, they need to seek advice from different sources such as seniors, read books and undergo team building programs.
Team work is hard to achieve as people like to work alone. Most had state that their best working quality is that they are not dependent on other people to complete their task. However, those in management might disagree with this as their work condition requires them to work among team members
There are several tips to help people to change their mindset towards team work.
- Create an enjoyable team work and enjoy working with team members
Have fun while working with your team member. Your conversation does not need to be about work all the time. You can shoot the breeze with them, by talking about the newest movies in theater, funny stories you read online, or just idle chit-chat. This way, you can break the barrier and build mutual trust. At the same time, you can break the tense atmosphere of working in a team.
- Support your team member
There is a saying which states that ‘A good leader is a good follower too’. Most people have an urge to be a leader, but not everyone can be a good leader. You need to help your team member by guiding them with their individual task. Be polite to team members so they will feel comfortable while working with you, and this does not apply to team leader only.
- Honesty in expressing ideas
Ideas are important to keep the team going. You can express your ideas spontaneously then the team can discuss on the pros and cons of your idea. Also, be flexible and prepare to change your perceptions in case of opposing thoughts made by the team.
- Have a celebration upon success
It does not matter whether it is just a small party or outing to celebrate your success. It makes team member feel appreciated for their work. It is also a way to thank each member for their great work towards the team’s accomplishment. Besides, there will be a huge possibility that you will work with them again in the future, so this is a chance to build your friendship outside work so it will help in making work place more fun and enjoyable.