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The Workplace: Building the spirit of teamwork
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 00:00
For every task to be accomplished successfully there must be a team leader. In the army, for instance, there will be a commander who must assemble his forces for victory during war.
On the other hand, a doctor’s challenge would be to restore a patient’s health while a classroom teacher can be worried about learners’ excelling in the exams.
Irrespective of the task at hand, a supervisor will always be required in the workplace.
He or she will provide strategic leadership and critical thinking to drive the team to success.
Because of the accountability role, the company will rely on managers to lump together teams towards the realisation of the business strategy.
This is a big expectation but without thinking how, below are some helpful tips:
Understand your team. You need to know the unique skills that members bring to the team. This helps you to know members who might need support and close supervision to enable you assign accordingly.
Lead by example. As a supervisor, you should play a leading role. Instead of overloading juniors with work, you should play along with the team.
This enables you to appreciate certain challenges that might affect time of delivery.
Build trust. Teams should be helped to build confidence for better execution. Instead of building a wall around you, think of creating an enabling environment where team members can share productively.
Communicate. Effective communication is a very good team building tool. Effective managers regularly communicate with their team members. You can consider this approach by establishing a mechanism that suits your department or organisation. Examples include a blog, email cluster or SMS platform.
Challenge. Set targets that will induce performance, and reward performers. However, the targets should be realistic and attainable.
The writer is a human resources expert and a journalist