Working remotely does not necessarily imply you would be distant to all of your co-workers. Though virtually, you should anticipate that you may work in a team. There are projects that cannot be accomplished individually but require several people of different skills. This is where teamwork is highly imperative.
Nonetheless, not all succeed in keeping a team inspired to work. There are instances that the spirit of encouragement is absent. Furthermore, conflicts may also arise over time due to differences in personalities, miscommunication, or even trivial matters.
Regardless of being the leader or a member, you can be the driving force to maintain the team’s inspiration to aim for triumph all the time. There are simple ways to sustain efficient teamwork, such as the following:
Keep everyone connected. Team buildings may be a good idea, but regular meetings would be best to maintain everyone’s connection with one another. Through a meeting, everyone could share each other’s ideas. Moreover, problems could be solved together.
To be certain that meetings are used effectively, no one should be left out whenever a conversation is ongoing. Give each team member the opportunity to voice out their thoughts or concerns.
By keeping everyone connected, lasting friendship may even be fostered over time.
Address issues immediately. Small problems become bigger when not solved right away. This can hamper good teamwork. If there are clashes among team members, it should be given resolution head-on. There must be a face-to-face discussion on how to solve everyone’s differences.
There would definitely be dissimilarities to each member’s personality, but understanding should be everyone’s common ground. Teamwork should be instilled as a give-and-take relationship. If one makes a mistake, he or she should admit it and apologize. On the other hand, the one who was offended must be willing to forgive and make amends.
Mistakes should be regarded as learning points not only to those involved, but to everyone.
Consider that seniority comes with the responsibility to guide the junior members. Being a pioneer in the team does not mean you will simply order the rest of your team members around. Be reminded that you are a pillar that they would depend on. Consider yourself as someone that would help them with the ropes in the operations and support their growth over time.
With senior and junior team members working harmoniously, things would definitely be much easier. This is despite the fact that the new members may go through an adjustment phase. When everyone is helping one another, there is no task that cannot be done.
Assign responsibilities based on each member’s strengths. Although it is also advisable to have every member learn each task involved in a project, nurturing their strengths would be most efficient.
For instance, if one of your team members is most proficient in copywriting, then you should assign him or her in that area. Do not insist on putting him or her in a position that he or she may not even be motivated to work. With every functioning part of the team in the right place, you would never go wrong in carrying out things more quickly and productively.
Do not set fun activities aside. Everyone deserves a good rest. This is why you should not forget to schedule fun activities with the team. You do not have to make it grand all the time. You may simply invite them for lunch on a regular basis, which does not involve discussing work-related matters. Alternatively, you could schedule short trips, such as hikes, site visits, or any social outings, whenever the team accomplishes something valuable.
If the said activities are not possible given the team members’ locations, then try inviting them to hang out virtually. You can organize a short get-together via video conferencing with games and prizes just for fun.
This would motivate them more to do well and recharge them for future activities.
With the aforementioned simple tips, you would find it much easier to maintain a thriving team. It may be a rough road at first, but all it takes is perseverance to instate a harmonious relationship among members. Keep in mind that a team’s triumph is yours, as well, and the other way around.