How Effective Is Your Team?

And Can You Make It Better?

The average full-time working person will spend around 85,000 hours of their lifetime at work. If you enjoy your job and get on well with your team members, this may not seem like a chore. However, if you don’t get along with your team members and you don’t enjoy your job, each hour can feel like a lifetime. An excellent job can still feel like a burden if there’s conflict within your team. However, a bad job can be made more bearable when you have a good team behind you. So, what makes a good team?


Team Structure

Difficult Times


Sometimes, in all teams, you will face times of conflict. For example, a new staff member may not be pulling their weight as much as the rest of the workforce. Other members of the team may be getting fed up with constantly trying to encourage them to work quicker or more productively. This is causing some bitterness in the team which should be dealt with quickly. The team leader must recognise the situation from both angles – staff are getting irate with the lack of productivity from the new staff member. However, the new staff member may not have found their feet in the company yet. Therefore, the team leader should enable the other team members to recognise that the new staff member is also part of their team and must be treated as such. So, it is important to emit a positive, honest, respectful, and open manner to ensure that the newer team member can approach all the team members, without hesitations, when in difficulty. If the team member is nervous or worried that they may look unprofessional because they don’t understand something (especially if there is already a lot of animosity within the team), they may find it helpful if other team members are able to openly share their knowledgebase. In some cases, it can be helpful for new members of staff to have the process written down for them. Because they may feel awkward asking for help so many times, if it is written down, they can revert to it when needed. It can be quite a nerve-wracking experience when you start a new job and can sometimes take a few weeks to settle in properly. When animosity comes into play in the team structure, this can lead to detrimental effects such as complete breakdown in communication resulting in the breakdown of productivity.

Taking It Back To Basics

You're Only as Good as Your Team

I’m not sure who the first person was to say this, but it has been repeated repeatedly over the years. Mainly because it’s true. Your team should be seen as an extension of you. If you have trained your team effectively, nurtured them and given them space to grow, then you have done well my friend. If you haven’t, then I suggest you start to do so, at once.

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