Why you should care about your team

Busy few months kept me from updating the blog and even thinking about new posts but back now and got a couple of posts in mind.

This post is mainly to get something out of my chest… This has probably happened to you plenty of times, like it did to me, when someone asks you to give one for the team (which usually means staying late or bringing work home), which in ideal conditions everyone is more than happy to do so, hell! even on non ideal conditions you do it as you like to be helpful right?

9 out of 10 times after you work your tiny socks off for the benefit of the team you don’t see that effort given back to you or even appreciated. In all the years I’ve worked for someone else, whenever this happens it has always been one of my main gripes as I strive for fairness and cohesion.

Teamwork is about everyone working together not about having a social gathering every few weeks. That’s not team building, that’s just routine.

Google defines teamwork as “the combined action of a group of people, esp. when effective and efficient”, thinking about it we are all part of different teams on our daily life. You can class family, work, sports, coffee shops as teams, right?

The best definition of team I found online was through businessdictionary.com defines team as “a group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project”.

On both these definitions the focus is on getting everyone together for a goal but what is that sign of a healthy team? A healthy team environment to me is one where everyone is more than happy to give their hardest in any condition and doesn’t feel forced on doing so.

Which leads me to my main point, to increase productivity on any kind of business you need happy people working together. People that enjoy being there and enjoy putting their effort all out for the team.

It’s not hard thing to achieve, all you need is communication, making yourselves part of the team and not turn your business into a money-centric one. Despite that being most often the case than not, to seek money that is, after all we’re in business to make money, isn’t it? But by focusing your energy on building a great team relationship and not on the hard sell you will be able to output better products, better solutions and better smiles.

Most businesses brand themselves as a friendly and approachable kind of business and most of the time that’s only what they want to show to the potential client and not what happens indoors. That’s a branding fail right there as every good designer or consultant will tell you that you should live your brand.

All we need is love. Either as designers, developers, accountants, builders, tea boys (or girls), couriers… you get the picture. We all need to feel like we belong and we are cared for. Don’t try to impose that smile as a mandatory requirement to the job. Make it happen.

Don’t use your team building events, or whatever you might call them, as a way to market your own company. Keep it about the team. Everyone will be happy, including you.