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As an HR executive, you have many responsibilities and oftentimes being the champion for teamwork can get put on the back burner. You’d like to hope that you put a group of co-workers together in a room or on a project and they would be effective. But that can only prove to be a true waste of time and resources if these teammates don’t know how to communicate or contribute to an agreed upon outcome.
As with most successful processes, it is important to start by learning how to spot when things are not working or out and out failing. I’ve narrowed down four ways I’ve seen teams not be successful:
4 Reasons Teams Fail
1. No Common Goal – The team isn’t really a unified team and doesn’t yet share a common direction.
2. No Clear Direction – The leader does not have a plan in place, is unclear about the direction of the team, or the priorities needed to accomplish the desired outcomes.
3. No Purpose – Somewhere along the way, the team loses its initiative, purpose, and/or direction.
4. No Accountability – The leader is ineffective or unwilling to hold team members accountable for their work.
Teams that don’t stay on task and get things done are a waste of time. I know it can be a challenge to reach the desired level of team effectiveness especially if you’re putting together a new team, but not taking action to build a better team can leave your organization stagnant and your business goals out of reach.
For further reading on improving teamwork, see my article The Role of Human Resources in Helping Teams.
Learn How Your Teams Can Effectively Communicate
Whether in human resources or a manager trying to get his or her team to be more productive, the Everything DiSC Workplace® builds an understanding of communication styles and how to best work with the different types of communicators. I can also work with you on Train the Trainer programs so that you can build a core competency in DiSC and offer the training to employees, new hires and managers. Contact me or connect with me on LinkedIn.
Human Resources is instrumental in producing successful teams.
|The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni|
|Lack of Commitment||Avoidance of Accountability||Inattention
|Good teams trust each other, engage in constructive ideological conflict and do not hold back. They commit to the decisions
and plans they make, hold each other accountable for working to make plans happen, and they are focused on collective results.
Use the DiSC to Help Teams Work at the Optimal Level
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.
At CareerConnection.Me, we advocate 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 and how someone from your team may take the assessment tool at no charge, visit our website.
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If you have had a long career in Human Resources you know there are a handful of employees who can’t be helped. Some “challenging” personalities just need to be managed out. Everyone else can be taught to learn about themselves and how to relate to all the employees who are different from them.
The most important factor in helping all of your employees get along is to give them a common language and the ability to “read” each other so they can “flex” their style to others.
Using tools such as the DiSC® assessment testing and communication guides can help employees navigate different styles and improve teamwork.
How do You Adjust Your Style to Work with Challenging People?
Simply click on this link and you can take an easy-to-use assessment that will give you and your employees the information and strategies needed to work with all their co-workers.
You might see a trend of disappearing employees if you have read some of my other blog posts! Not only have these young employees left the workplace without saying a word, they have left around 11:00 a.m. While these stories are funny, they are also costly to the organization and the young adult employee.
A Human Resource colleague and I were discussing the orientation of new employees. Her client organization had a two-day orientation process. She shared a story about a young man who attended the first day orientation and returned the second day. He stayed until…you guessed it…11:00 a.m.! He left without a word to anyone.
The organization spent a few days trying to locate this new employee to complete some paperwork. Once found, they asked why he left early the second day of orientation? He told them he wasn’t interested in leaving his current position. His current position? You guessed it again! This young man had a strategy. Two different times he interviewed and received offers for a new job. Rather than resign from his current job, he chose to attend their orientation programs to investigate further. In both cases he decided his current job was a better fit.
Wow! I have told many of my “boomer” friends this story and they laugh in disbelief! What is going on here?
Many young employees feel their workplace should meet all their needs. There is nothing wrong with anyone looking for the “ideal position and environment.” But it is not a good idea to accept another position while staying employed. There are many ways to investigate to ensure the next move is what you want.
The first steps towards gathering key information before you start a job are:
- Conduct online research. This will give you plenty of information about a company, its history, and key executives. What a company chooses to put on their website can tell you a lot about what is valued.
- Use LinkedIn and other resources. These can give you contacts inside the company. As you look at these names be sure to look for who you might “connect with” through your own contacts.
- During the job Interview, ask questions that include:
- Please describe the company culture in one word
- Who succeeds here and why?
- Why do employees like to work here?
Nothing “guarantees” happiness when you make a move. It is still the “norm” however, to resign from your current position before you accept another job and show up for work!
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