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Team oriented mindset and how to harness it
We explain in quick points what is the importance of having individuals with a team oriented mindset while working remotely
Being team oriented means working in a team while making the well-being of the team your focus. Coordinating well with your team members, co-operating with them, even tolerating them, all counts towards this. It's not only doing the task assigned to you. Rather, it is doing the task with others in your team, in a manner that benefits everyone.
How to achieve a team oriented mindset?
Having individuals working together towards the goal of the team requires individuals who work well with each other. The following are a few suggestions on how a team oriented mindset can be inculcated into members of the team.
1. Knowing the value of the team
Individuals should realize the purpose of the team. The ideals that the team works with, the goals of the founding members, all should be default to an individual working for the team. During the initial orientation of a member, try to explain to them the principles that the team work with. Make sure they understand that they are now a part of the ecosystem. Also let them know their place in upholding the values.
2. Giving responsibility
Give each person a task that actually matters. When individuals know that what they are doing affects the team, it will encourage them to work towards it. A team oriented mindset can be harnessed by showing them the results of the work they do. Transparency in a company matters here. If an employee is aloof to the happenings in the team, they will not want to work with the team. However, if employees see stats on how the work they do impacts the work of the team, they will collaborate better with the team.
3. Team oriented activities
Conducting activities that will encourage a spirit of teamwork. As Frederick says, meeting the team and hanging out with them itself was a nice experience. For example, simple games that make employees support each other. Similarly, celebrations of birthdays and anniversaries in the team. To illustrate, consider a tennis doubles match. These bring together individuals from different countries together. And even though they are partnered up only for the duration of the tournament, the collaboration works amazingly. This is because of the awareness that every foul serve or every dropped shot could affect both. They work together. Keeping the other person's needs in mind is important.
4. Healthy Competition
Make your competitors known to the members. Show them the way that you are better and encourage them to find flaws. Just finding flaws is not enough and you will need to work on improvement, too. Engage the whole team in this. If needed, make multiple sub teams that come up with suggestions. Encourage debate and find the best practices to they out. This will then directly work towards the growth of the company.
Conduct regular assessments and one-on-ones with your team members. Give them an idea of where they are falling short. Appreciate them for the good. Try to have these at regular intervals. Periodic fact checks should be made a thing in your company. Doing so will enhance personal growth as well as motivate individuals to work with the objective of the team in mind.
Remember how your parents used to lure you with chocolates and get a task done? A similar approach can be effective here. However, you are probably working with people who are not going to be lured by just chocolates. Various incentives are going to be a good way of getting the team members to work towards the goal. This shouldn't be the first resort, though. You need to ensure that the members of your team are actually working towards the goal.