How to improve working dynamics in the office (Part One)

Updated: May 21, 2020

Are you finding it hard to have conclusively productive meetings? Do you feel like your team’s objectives are fuzzy and changing too often? Does one boss say this, only to be countermanded by the higher boss with different instructions?

These are examples of poor team dynamics that can have a disastrous consequence on your organization’s productivity.

On the other hand, a team that has smooth interpersonal relationships, and which is able to harness its energies is able to execute project plans much faster, get more work done and see raised productivity.

Group behaviour

Team dynamics, also sometimes referred to as group dynamics is a term that was coined in the 1940s by management theorists to explain how the working of a group as a whole is affected by the behaviour of individuals on the group. This is because individual behaviour and roles of one team member will often affect other members, either positively or negatively, and in the long run have an impact on the group’s behaviour.

In a team with positive working dynamics, the team members will trust each other, make better collective decisions and work towards achieving clear group objectives.

In a team with poor or negative working dynamics, team members will be dominated by one or several people, there are disagreements and resentments, which lower productivity.

How can an organization work in improving team working dynamics in the office?

• Recognising individual personalities

It is crucial to recognise that different individuals have different personalities with both positive and negative traits. This will enable assigning of roles depending on strong traits and working to minimise the negative traits through remedial training, for example, anger management.

• Clearly defined roles and responsibilities

Defining roles and responsibilities helps avoid overlapping of responsibilities, and makes individuals more accountable. It also establishes a clear chain of command and communications to have smoother instructions and feedback

• Set up better communications

Improving communication between team members helps team members contribute ideas, comments, complaints, and views better. This will bring out any teething problems and make all team members feel included in decisions and other undertakings. Creating platforms for better communication could, for example, be a social network group where non-formal issues related to work can be discussed.

Improving team working dynamics does not require huge financial or time investments, but can have a huge impact on a team’s productivity.

Team building sessions or team development, with structured, facilitated activities conducted by a professional team building & team development provider like us will help you greatly in improving team dynamics.

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