The Role of Human Resources in Helping Teams
As a busy HR person, it becomes imperative to standardize and streamline your team-building strategy with tools, training aids, and assessments to help your company’s teams perform. I always feel it best to go with what works and “not recreate the wheel.”
Are Your Teams Working Together?
In the workplace, individuals often talk about ‘building’ the team, ‘working’ as a team, and ‘my team’, but few know how to develop a cohesive team or produce the actual positive experiences of teamwork. As an HR professional, you sometimes hear and become involved with teams that are dysfunctional or not being as productive as they should be.
When you think back on your early team experiences, did you actually ever get training on how to be a good team member or team leader? When you think about it, it’s amazing most teams work at all!
Your full schedule would never permit you to monitor and assist all the team meetings that take place every day and still be a functioning HR professional. What you need are pretested tools, training aids, and assessments. You get to implement proven strategies that have been successfully used by a number of companies and standardize the way your company uses teams.
The Five Ways to Improve Teamwork
As a longtime distributor of Wiley’s DiSC® Assessment, I am thrilled to now be working with a terrific new team assessment combining the DiSC® theory found in Patrick Lencioni’s book, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”
Belonging to a team — in the greatest sense — is a result of feeling part of something larger than one’s self. In the next few weeks I will review the many techniques and strategies you can tap to locate and assist teams that need help to build more collaborative and productive teams.
Use DiSC® to Help Teams
With the support and aid of the DiSC® report you can give employees a look into themselves – an awareness of their unique behaviors and construct a plan to help modify what doesn’t work. DiSC® is nonjudgmental and helps people learn about and discuss their behavioral differences and will improve their work productivity, teamwork, and communication.
I have always advocated the use of DiSC® as a means of better understanding one’s own natural communication style. Once you know your type, it becomes easier to adjust your style to bridge the communication divides caused by different approaches. With a goal of better communication which in turn builds better teamwork and outcomes, DiSC® is a proven tool that can help individuals and organizations work more collaboratively. To learn more about DiSC® click here or connect with me on LinkedIn.