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How To Foster A Productive Team Environment

October 19, 2023
by 
Dan Roggenkamp

In today’s modern workplace, it has become commonplace to hear about company cultures. These are the backbone of what makes a successful teamwork. But what does it really mean to have a productive team environment and how does one go about it? 

Building a dynamic workplace, centered around a productive team environment is one of the challenges that company management may face. Here’s what we found to be quite useful for us here at SUMO.

Build Trust & Support

The most important aspect of any team is trust. Building trust between the team members and management is what makes the business run smoothly. Giving mutual trust, especially in an outsourcing set up, is beneficial for the team. This is to make both parties feel that they have each other’s backs in terms of performance and productivity.

Engagement and communication

Open communication makes things easier for all parties involved, onshore and offshore. For those that aren’t working physically close to each other like an offshore set up, it is important to exchange ideas and freely communicate with each other. Engagement is important in a team setting to have an atmosphere of openness and build a closer collaborative relationship within.

Opportunities to Collaborate

There are many ways a team can collaborate online, especially with the birth of AI and real-time editing applications. Providing the team with the tools they need to collaborate and coordinate with each other will go a long way. This will give them the means and opportunity to communicate and work together on projects and get tasks done.

Advocater for Your Team

As a business owner, it’s your role to bat for the team and to make sure they have the support, tools and resources needed to complete their objectives. Advocating and encouraging your team tells them that they have your support, giving them the confidence to be creative and take risks.

Celebrate Team Achievements

Team members value recognition and acknowledgement for their efforts. The key is to foster a culture of teamwork by recognising and rewarding team members who make outstanding contributions to the business and to the team in general. As team members see that the company values their achievements and contributions, they’ll be more likely to value teamwork and their respective workspaces.

Culture and Principles

It is important to make sure that team members know how their work relates to the organisation’s core values so they can feel a sense of belonging. Building an environment conducive to teamwork requires planning and executing specific activities to support collaboration. These activities can help drive your company into a more collaborative direction and provide critical building blocks for a culture of teamwork. It’s important to take clear and visible actions on a regular basis so that each team member feels personally responsible for their company’s values.

Mentorship & Advancement

Offering career advancement and mentorship to team members gives them the opening to identify opportunities that are available for them to improve and progress in terms of roles and their knowledge base. This will be beneficial to the team and their professional development and will add value to their contribution to the greater team.

Corporate Wellness & Work-Life Balance

Take steps to improve the physical and mental health of your team. Especially with a team that works remotely, finding ways to address difficulties in the workplace — hours of sitting, typing, and staring at screens – is essential in maintaining a healthy work environment. 

As a leader, it’s important to realise that when you take care of your team’s physical and psychological well-being, you’re not only helping your business succeed but also helping them achieve the best versions of themselves. This leaves everyone balanced and fulfilled as they continue to be part of your growing business. 

Flexibility

One approach for organisations to give team members more freedom and flexibility is to avoid rigid job restrictions. Understand that different job descriptions and team members have different approaches to their respective spaces. Allowing your team members to merge their skill sets with the purpose of achieving common goals maximises everyone’s strengths. It also gives the team the avenue to provide their best and deliver quality output for the business. 

At SUMO, we find that the perfect balance of teamwork, collaboration and mutual trust is what enables the team to thrive and flourish. Fostering a positive and productive team environment is what will make a team great and your business successful. Supporting talented team members and getting them engaged, empowered, and involved will enable your business to grow and reach its full potential.

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