Team Behavioural Profiling
How does behavioural profiling benefit Team Dynamics?
You may have heard the phrase ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ but how exactly does a team dynamic benefit the workplace? Why do businesses spend so much time and resources on cultivating a team culture? It comes down to the simple fact that tasks are easier and more rapidly completed when staff collaborate and solve them together, making for a more successful and happier workplace.
So how can you foster a great team dynamic in your business? Let’s find out.
What does Team Dynamic mean?
“Team dynamic refers to the way in which group members interact. It focuses on how these interactions influence team engagement. Individual behaviours are usually subconscious behaviours. These behaviours or psychological factors heavily influence the direction of a group’s performance.”
Elements of Team Dynamics
Understanding group dynamics is critical to a business’s success.
When the team all pulls together, in the same, clear direction, work will be completed more efficiently, with a better balanced and winning result.
A great team dynamic, motivates your team and encourages them to be interdependent. It allows each member to contribute their expertise and support one another. Ineffective or poor team dynamics makes a workplace less efficient. It also increases stress and anxiety and can damage a company’s trajectory.
Essential elements to build a successful team dynamic:
Diversity and inclusion
Clear, open and consistent communication
Setting expectants and providing empowerment to staff
Defined roles and responsibilities
Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound goals
An approachable, strong and effective leader
Trust and a willingness to acknowledge and correct mistakes
“The strength of the team is the individual member. The strength of each member is the team. ”
The Role of Team Dynamics in Performance Development
A great team dynamic plays a key role in performance development. When team members are able to self-assign tasks based on their own strengths or seek out support from someone else, this benefits performance.
Team dynamics help staff recognise these strengths and talents and gives them confidence. It also encourages them to leverage their skillset collaboratively within the team. Creating opportunities to learn and expand their own skill sets ultimately leads to better outcomes.
Effective Team-building Strategies
So how do you foster this collaborative approach and implement a great team dynamic? For some companies, it begins with behaviour profiling at the time of recruitment to match staff to the company’s existing dynamic.
The best companies recognise that fostering team dynamics need to be an ongoing priority and teach effective teamwork skills. To achieve this, let’s review some effective team-building strategies for the workplace.
Host team building events
Focused on engaging, fun games that create connection without stress creates opportunities for staff to get to know one another in an informal setting.
Host a yearly team event
Providing informal settings for team engagement is great for building team dynamics. This could be a Christmas party, a team summit, getaway or family picnic.
Prioritise conflict management
Conflict in the office is one of the fastest ways to damage a team dynamic. Work with your team to create a conflict resolution protocol that everyone can agree on.
Create a team events committee
That encourages collaboration over workplace events. Think about in-office events to celebrate important cultural days, sporting events or holidays. Ask for volunteers and encourage inter-departmental interaction.
Celebrate the wins
While most workplaces are working towards a larger objective, the day-to-day smaller tasks involved can go unnoticed. Take time to recognise the small wins on the path to bigger goals and celebrate as an office.
Create a culture of trust
We all make mistakes and we shouldn’t be fearful of repercussions. Set up frequent team meetings where staff can discuss issues or errors. Receiving helpful advice and guidance is a great step towards building trust.
Create Agile Resilient Teams
Creating or cultivating team dynamic isn’t complicated but it is vitally important. Giving your staff a strong team foundation from which to work can only benefit your business. Staff and inter-office culture can change, but with a great team dynamic, these changes are more easily adapted to.
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