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How to craft a great team

Dec 04 2017

Choosing the right team for your workplace can be the key to success. You might be managing several teams at once, or looking at putting together your first team. Whatever type of business you have, your productivity and output can be improved by crafting the right team. This involves choosing the right sized team, the right personalities, and the right roles. Here are some ways to do that:

Balance the dynamics

When first deciding on your team, spend time thinking about the dynamic you want the group to have. The combination of personalities in the group are important. It might be easy for you to pick five people who are the same sort of person - perhaps they’re all extroverted and good at customer service. This isn’t going to work well, as there will be no diversity among personalities, and they will all be fighting to do the same job. Choosing personalities which are complementary to each other makes for a functional team, meaning higher productivity. Think about the different roles you’d like to have within the team. Then choose personalities that will be suited to the role. For certain roles you might need someone with more experience instead of someone with an extroverted personality. You don’t always need a mix of strong personalities. When your staff can work well together, you’ll have a happier and more efficient team.

Create opportunities for your teams to network

Providing your teams with opportunities to network socially with one another creates healthy workplace relationships and teams that are happier working together. Having a social event with your colleagues allows them to get to know each other better, and creates a more relaxed working environment. This is particularly important for those who are more introverted, as they may not feel comfortable sharing ideas with the team if they don’t know their colleagues well. It also provides them with the opportunity to network with those higher up in the business, creating an open door feel and a less intimidating environment. When staff know their managers and employers better, they feel more comfortable coming to them with problems or personal issues they might have which affect their work.

Specify roles

When you make a team, specify the roles each person has within the team. Make sure each team member knows their role. This helps establish who does what in the team and makes it clear what each person is supposed to contribute and produce. Also make sure each person knows why they were chosen for the role. This lets them know their strengths, and why you wanted them to be part of the team. Not only does it make them more confident in their own abilities, it also makes them want to work harder to improve their quality of work and strengthens your relationship with them as an employer. It also shows them that you recognise their value to the business, which improves employee retention and motivation.

Focus on team size

The size of your team matters. Too big and you’ll lose conduciveness, roles will become insignificant and there will be too many opposing opinions to be able to get anything done. Too small and you’ll have a hard time getting all the tasks completed by the deadlines. Depending on the purpose of the team, perhaps consider breaking larger groups into two smaller ones, with more niche focuses.

- CR