“For a team to be highly effective, communication is a key tool”
In order to have a good achievement of objectives in a work group, the way in which connection and team’s growth is developed is relevant for them to behighly effective. To achieve that, communication is a key tool.
That is why we give you 8 tips to improve communication and make your team highly productive:
1. Free communication
Setting a free discussion on the common goal, until it is formulated in such a way that team members can commit to that goal. Sometimes the discussion may stray from the topic, so it is important that some member is the one in charge of re-channeling it. Promoting communication between team members in a way that is fluid, spontaneous and natural. This way, feelings are expressed with respect towards the coworker, and this will create an improvement in the work environment since the task or objective of the group will be well understood and will be accepted by all members.
2. Active listening:
It is established when all ideas are heard, and team members are not afraid to look ridiculous when mentioning a creative idea, even if it seems quite extreme. It is committing to what the team says and showing that they are paying attention. Effective communicators are always good listeners.
When there are agreements in the team, the decisions are more creative and of quality, it facilitates the commitment and uses all the resources of the group. However, it is not advisable when time is tight, as a team agreement requires spending as much time as necessary. In addition, it involves a high expense of psychological energy and a high level of skills of the members.
Respect must be shown before any point of view, both in the way of making contributions and in the way of receiving them. We must consider that we deal with good professionals and that the skills among team members complement each other.
Motivation is very personal, what motivates one person, to another may seem like punishment. For this reason, we must pay attention to each member of the team, know the employee well and gradually discover their interests. Thus, it will be easier to take advantage of their strengths as an individual and use this communication process to improve the interests and objectives of the team.
6. Stress management:
It is important to learn how to reduce stress when facing a conversation that gives us discomfort. We must know the differences in style, the way of communicating, the skills and the approach of the members of our team. Thus communication is not interpreted as a threat, but as an opportunity to enrich the team.
7. Delegating decision making:
When team members feel confident in making decisions that seem appropriate to them, the group tends to be more effective. This occurs if all members have clearly understood the objective and, at the same time, provide a solid basis for decision making. Furthermore, this opens the door to initiative while maintaining a coordinated and directed effort.
It is recommended to have a periodical reflection on how to improve the team’s procedures and results. All this helps to improve the search for troubleshooting and to fix stagnations.
In short, it is important to learn to improve communication in your workforce, and maintain a good work environment both individually and as a group. This way you can contribute to improving compliance with goals or objectives and thus create an effective team.
At Erudit we want to help you taking care of your workers in these challenging times, monitoring their levels of engagement, burn out and friction (without the need of applying a single survey) and finding ways to maintain a healthy and productive team of collaborators.