Three Common Causes of Team Hiccups

Posted: Feb 15 2015

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There is no denying the importance of strong, capable and motivated teams when it comes to work and productivity.

However, a few wrong moves and you can cause some serious hiccups within your team; these issues can often upset the team dynamic and will require you to address the situation.

So to give you an idea of what to watch out for, here are three common things from Team Challenge Company that cause team hiccups and ideas on how to address them.

Leave people out

This one goes all the way back to school days; inclusion is a big deal because people are social animals, meaning we want to be included and involved.

Now, in the workplace things get slightly more complicated than when you chose teams for Bulldog.

Nevertheless, making sure the whole team feels they are aware, involved and making a valuable contribution is the best way to keep everyone happy.

People can become discontent and even disruptive if they feel left out, which can lead to unnecessary rivalries and friction within a team.

So whether it is designating specific tasks or calling a whole-team brainstorm, make sure everyone is involved at some stage, whatever the project.

Similarly, be sure to encourage everyone to participate in group conversations as this will help the team to bond and strengthen communication.

Practice poor communication

Good communication is essential at any level of a business or organization.

Communication with third parties, between departments and within teams all helps to keep the cogs of a company moving smoothly.

Unfortunately, poor communication - be it written or spoken - is something that can cause teams to crumble.

Poorly communicated or misunderstood messages cannot only affect the work, but also the individuals doing the work. There can be an element of mistrust between senders and receivers, and those who get it wrong can suffer from doubt or frustration.

Such emotions can lead to further bad feeling and even fracturing within a team.

Combat the snowballing of poor communication by double-checking that everyone understands the message, as the sender intended. Also, encourage open verbal communication within teams, departments and the company as a whole.

Additionally, consider developing your team's communication and listening skills with a key skill focused workshop. You can make the experience enjoyable with one of our many corporate and indoor team building activities.

Focus on figures

It is important to remember the personal aspect of working with people. Too often, companies get so distracted by fiscal growth and so preoccupied with the necessary figures, they forget to pay attention to the teams and individuals doing the work.

Putting all the emphasis on service levels, targets and figures can lead to pockets of ill feeling on the ‘shop floor' as it were. People will quickly feel underappreciated, overlooked and as though they are treated as a number if they are ignored in favour of figures, percentages and charts.

Such tunnelled concentration on figures can also cause unfair and unmanageable workloads to be assigned, albeit unintentional. This can harm the wellbeing and the morale of staff, as well as cause a level of conflict that will usually go unresolved until it becomes detrimental to the team dynamic.

To avoid the problems associated with favouring figures over team members, be sure to check in with your team on a regular basis. Ask for their feedback, get them involved with scheduling and make a conscious effort to thank them for their efforts.

Now, these are just three of the hiccups that can occur when you don't pay your team due care and attention. So start afresh by showing your team how much you value and appreciate them with one of  Team Challenge Company superb corporate entertainment ideas.

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