Managing Human Resources – Team Building
Team building is a constant process that helps work groups evolve into an organized unit. The team members not only share expectations for accomplishing group tasks, but trust and support one another and respect one another’s individual differences. The managers role as a team builder is to lead employee teams toward cohesiveness and productivity. With good team-building skills, managers can unite employees around a common goal and generate greater productivity.
Team building can lead to:
- Good communications with participants as team members and individuals
- Improved unit productivity
- Team members motivated to achieve goals
- An environment of cooperation and collaborative problem-solving
- Increased levels of job satisfaction and commitment
- Improved levels of trust and support
- Employees working well together
- Healthier operating policies and procedures
Signs that Signal a Need for Team Building
- Reduced productivity
- Conflicts among employees
- Misunderstanding about assignments and duties
- Decisions not carried through properly
- Apathy and lack of involvement
- Lack of initiation, imagination, innovation
- Complaints about employees
- Unproductive staff meetings
- Negative reactions to the manager
Steps to Building an Effective Team
The first rule of team building is an obvious one: to lead a team effectively, managers must first establish their leadership with each team member. Remember that the most effective team leaders build their relationships of trust and loyalty, rather than fear or the power of their positions.
- Consider all ideas as important and valuable.
- Be aware of employees’ feelings
- Act as a harmonizing influence.
- Be clear when communicating.
- Promote trust and cooperation among employees.
- Encourage sharing of ideas and information.
- Entrust problem-solving tasks to the team.
- Facilitate communication.
- Create team values and goals; evaluate team performance.
- Have clear ideas of what you need to accomplish
- Use consensus.
- Establish rules for the team.
- Establish a method for arriving at a consensus.
- Promote listening and brainstorming
For more information, please search for the following resources on PIG:
- Team approach to Management
Swan, M. Managing Employees. Fact Sheet 03-01- 02. Pork Information Gateway; 2009.