The cause to create healthy, productive, and efficient teams in professional environments is something that we all would like to think we have been a part of. We have, but there have also been times where we have been privy to less-than-ideal work environments. We have all been a part of strong, healthy teams at work, and we have all been a part of negative, unhealthy teams as well. Sometimes, it can be hard to define the key differences that set them apart from one another. So, what is the secret to building a positive, healthy team?
Of course, there are the standard professional development courtesies, including the development and offering of Scrum Master Certification to employees, as well as team building exercises and consistent employee performance meetings. We have all seen these efforts been put into play countless times. They do work, but they often cease being viable solutions after a while, as employees and employers alike fall back into old habits. But when it really comes down to it, what are the keys to building productive, efficient teams in real time? What genuinely works and, more than that, what are the processes that last beyond the first few months?
Designing and maintaining a collaborative work environment
How a workplace is set out can have a significant impact on how the office runs and how employees interact and respond to one another. There is something to be said about designing and maintaining a professional environment that feels inclusive and collaborative. Ways to do this are creating open door policies, designing large, interactive work and meeting spaces, and doing away with segmented work spaces (like pods, for example). Employees who feel like they are all part of a collective environment tend to act like it, and they work better as well.
Instilling respect and trust in the workplace
It is a virtual certainty that not everyone will get along in every office. Differences are inevitable. But building a productive team demands that when differences arise, they are able to be put to the side while work is still to be done. Leaving personal issues at home, and allowing for a free-flowing, energising, and inclusive workplace means that employees will work better, faster, and longer. People do their best work when they are their happiest, and synergy and open communication is key to that.
Investing in technology at work
When technology first began to infiltrate the workforce, many companies were opting against including it in their daily methods and models. This was understandable, because it was still considered a niche at that point. Now, however, tech in the workplace is not only a bonus, but a necessity for efficient, productive team building and ongoing work. The reason why is very simple: technology in the workplace (not unlike technology in every aspect) is built to make life in the office easier, faster, stronger, more capable, and more enjoyable. Embracing it will make employees feel like they are doing their best work, and we thrive on our successes. Therefore, including technology in any modern workforce is a no-brainer.