How To Build A New Team
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Changing teams is a tricky thing. You have to be careful how you do it, and what kind of culture you want to create in your organization. There are many things that can get in the way before people feel like this new team has good communication and trust.
If these issues aren’t resolved, then chances are there will always be tension between the old group and the new one. This won’t necessarily go away even when everything else does, but at least it will be contained to just the two groups instead of spreading across the whole department or organization.
It’s important to note though that not all tensions need to be worked out immediately- some take time to resolve. Sometimes people need to feel comfortable with each other for a while before they can truly talk about anything meaningful, and sometimes hurt feelings simply run their course after a certain amount of time.
There may also be situations where someone doesn’t seem to be fully committed to the project or the company, and trying to push through until they are may only backfire. It’s best to identify potential problems early and work on solving them as quickly and effectively as possible.
Make sure your team has proper management
As mentioned before, one of the biggest causes of burn-out in employees is lack of leadership. When no one seems to know who their direct supervisor is or someone else gets assigned as a leader, people do not feel respected or trusted.
This lack of trust can sometimes lead to underperformance or even misconduct. Employees may keep things hidden for fear of getting fired, and bosses that are not supportive will likely cause morale issues.
If you’re looking to build up your team, make sure they have clear lines of communication and respect.
Make sure your team has proper structure
One of the first things you should do when trying to build up your team is make sure they have proper internal communication structures in place.
This could be done through something like Slack, Skype, or other software that can facilitate group conversations. It also could mean having an open-door policy where people are allowed into each others’ spaces to talk.
By this, I don't only mean going into someone else's private space but being aware of what areas of the workplace individuals own and giving them permission to let their guard down and share those secrets with you.
It also means making friends outside of work so that they feel comfortable sharing personal information with you.
Having these types of tools makes it easy for everyone to communicate and know who is there to trust. These types of apps also help keep everything organized as people can add notes, pictures, and whatever else they want to include in the conversation.
In addition to these apps, having a rule about no talking behind someone's back will prevent gossip from circulating unintentionally.
Make sure your team has proper teamwork
As mentioned before, having a strong work ethic is important, but so is understanding how to collaborate with others. You will probably have to do this for some length of time before you can call yourself an expert at it.
Building trust takes time, and showing self-confidence is also very attractive. However, when needed, people can agree that there are sometimes times where it makes sense to show less confidence.
This is because being more confident than necessary may actually be perceived as arrogance or even intimidation. It could make other people feel insecure which, in turn, creates internal competition instead of collaboration.
When this happens, good things stop happening. Collaboration goes out the window, and efficiency drops due to constant arguments and distractions.
Hold team meetings
As mentioned earlier, meeting as a leader is an integral part of your job. Not only should you hold formal team meetings, but you also need to make time for informal ones where people can talk about things they want or need from the group.
This is especially important in the beginning when people have not yet worked together under you. They may feel intimidated by your position so they keep their thoughts and feelings private which will eventually hurt productivity and trust.
By having open conversations, people will get to know each other better which helps with teamwork.
Teamwork means working well together towards a common goal. If someone does not agree with that goal then it will probably hurt motivation and effort.
Make sure your team communicates well
As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest reasons teams break down is because people do not talk to each other. In business, communication can be tricky, especially in leadership positions where there are power dynamics at play.
A leader cannot expect their underlings to feel like they can come to them with questions or issues. This isn’t practical nor effective for productivity, but it is important to remember that when you're leading, you have a responsibility to communicate.
You owe it to yourself to develop strong relationships with those around you, and you should never hesitate to speak up or ask about things. Your colleagues will respect you for it.
It's also worth noting that while having these conversations may not seem fun at first, staying silent is much more damaging. By being open, others will appreciate that you took an interest in theirs lives and will hopefully work with you in the future.
Establish good team processes
The second way to build trust in your team is by establishing clear process. You can start with an easy one — like holding weekly meetings or sharing important information via email, but as your team grows more complicated you may need additional processes.
Team members will feel more connected to each other and the organization when they know what’s going on – from day-to-day to longer term projects.
This feeling of connection can be very powerful for teamwork!
It’s also important to note that even if someone doesn’t agree with how something is done their colleagues should treat them with respect, because we are all working together towards a common goal.
Good process makes collaboration possible and brings people together where there might not have been otherwise.
Be a good mentor to your team members
As a leader, you will spend a lot of time helping others feel validated and loved. They may look up to you for guidance and help with their career and life.
As mentioned earlier, being a strong leader is not about what you say, but how you make people around you feel.
Leaders who are able to inspire confidence in those that they lead are some of the most powerful individuals at their jobs.
They know it’s not always easy to come into work every day and deal with difficult situations, which can sometimes leave workers feeling overwhelmed or undervalued.
But this doesn’t have to be like this!
If someone seems hesitant to go after a goal, try to motivate them by talking about the benefits of achieving such goals.
By emphasizing the positives, you can spur these people onto action.
Help your team progress
A leader who is constantly helping their colleagues grow will gain respect and admiration. As a member of this staff, you would want someone like that as a boss!
As a manager, there’s an important lesson here for how to build a new team. Don’t just make sure everyone is doing their job well – help them do it better.
Ask questions and challenge assumptions so they can focus more on improving than proving themselves. Offer solutions and ideas, even if they are not yours.
This doesn’t mean don’t get tough sometimes, but use the tone and style that work best with each other and keep things professional.
Don’t let people fall into bad habits or waste time in poor processes because of personal issues. If something comes up, address it then and move forward.
Your team members will admire you for investing in others and showing interest in their success.