5 Tips For Making More Teamwork Happen

By Stefanie Neyland, Small Business Content Developer at BizLaunch.com


Building a winning small business team may seem like a fairly simple task, but as many entrepreneurs have discovered, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Hiring employees for your biz can be hit and miss—sometimes you get lucky, and sometimes it just doesn’t work out. It’s not always easy being the boss, but when you have a team of great employees surrounding you who are motivated to work to their full potential, you’ll be in a strong position to achieve success—but then you have the age old small business-hiring catch to contend with: how do you find the best employees when you can’t offer the best pay cheque?

The truth is that being a great employer isn’t all about the the compensation or the number of benefits you can offer—the smaller things like creating a positive atmosphere, paying attention to your employees’ needs and creating a great sense of ‘team’ in your workplace can make all the difference. So how exactly do you go about creating an awesome company culture for your biz? Here are five great tips on how to get the most out of your workforce.


1. Set clearly defined roles

One of the most important elements to making teamwork happen is for each team member to fully understand what he/she is responsible for. Roles need to be pre-determined and clear right from the get-go, otherwise you run the risk of allowing certain important objectives to slip through the cracks. Everybody wants to feel like they have something to accomplish, so when you’re dividing duties within your biz make sure the workload is organized into clearly delineated roles with tangible goals. Each and every member of your team should be aware of the role they’re playing within your organization, what they’re working towards, and they should fully understand how their position is crucial to meeting the company’s objectives.


2. Communicate clearly

Communication is a vital factor of all interpersonal interaction—especially when it comes to working effectively as a team. Team members must be able to articulate their feelings, express plans and goals, share ideas and see each other's viewpoints, and as leader, you need to do the same.


3. Lead by example

Effective leadership is one of the most important components of good teamwork. As a business owner—and therefore team leader—your job is to create and maintain a positive working environment, and motivate and inspire all team members to take a proactive approach to work. An effective team leader will promote a high level of morale and make everyone within the company feel supported and valued, and the best way to do this is to lead by example. In order to keep everyone committed and motivated to the cause (in this case, your business), the team leader must exhibit the same qualities they wish their staff to display.

4. Recognize success

When a team does a great job, make a big deal out of it. When training new employees, talk about past teams that have performed excellently and how these team members benefitted both as a team and as individuals based on their achievements.


5. Establish a chain of command

It’s also important to establish some sort of hierarchy—or a chain of command—so that people know who to talk to when they have a problem or they need help. The key is to eliminate any sense of competition between team members and make everyone feel supported; you want to ensure that everyone is aware of the role they’re playing as part of the bigger picture.

By Andrew Patricio

February 26, 2014