Traits of Teamwork Culture

Creating a teamwork culture is a critical part of making any business or organization successful in the long term.

If employees feel like they're part of a team they not only produce better work, but they also tend to enjoy their work and workplace more.

To create a teamwork culture, your organization should adopt these traits:

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  • Leaders must communicate the clear expectation that teamwork and collaboration are expected. People who own work processes and positions are open and receptive to ideas and input from others on the team.  No one completely owns a work area or process all by himself.

  • Management leads by exhibiting teamwork in their interaction with each other and the rest of the organization. Even when things are going wrong teamwork is maintained and practices.  The temptation is often to slip back into former team unfriendly behavior when things are going good.

  • The value of a teamwork is talked about in the organization. Teamwork is one of the top five or six values when they are formally written and shared.

  • When a teamwork culture is prevalent, teamwork is rewarded and recognized. Even if the lone wolf of an organization is an excellent producer, they are valued less than the person who achieves results with others through teamwork. Rewards, bonuses, and compensation are as dependent upon working together as much as individual contribution and achievement.

  • Teamwork is ingrained in the culture when even stories and folklore that's discussed within the company emphasizes teamwork, i.e. "Remember when the emergency room increased patient satisfaction by 15 percent?"  Team players are the ones within the company who are promoted and “do well."  Others will then aspire to be more like them and be strong members of the team.

  • Teamwork becomes a key metric for measuring performance - 360 degree feedback is often integrated within the system.


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