6 Tips for Building a Culture of Teamwork in Your Small Business

by Thom Tracy

2 min read

Teamwork in the workplace is vital for the morale, quality of work, and success of a small business. A task that takes one person a year to finish may take two people who work well together less than six months to complete. Therefore, it’s important to establish a teamwork culture among your employees.

Define Your Team Culture

To build a team culture in your small business, you need to let your employees know that you expect them to work as a team and support each other for the benefit of the company. Make sure that they understand no one employee owns any task, and everyone is expected to be open to input from other team members.

Hire the Right People

Some people are natural team players, while others are less flexible. If your small business relies heavily on your employees working together on projects, you may want to pay more attention to who you hire. When building a team, personality trumps credentials. One uncooperative team member can ruin the productivity of the entire team. Therefore, be selective about who you bring on board.

Share Your Business Vision

In a small business, particularly at a startup, it’s important for your employees to feel that they’re part of a growing business and their contributions are crucial to its success. You can share your vision for the business with everyone in the company and make sure that your employees are buying in and committing to the same vision. Set out a roadmap of where you expect the business to be in a few years’ time and how each member of the team can help make that happen.

Reward Team Effort

When a task is completed successfully, recognize and reward the whole team – as opposed to specific individuals – for the achievement. By attributing successes and failures to the team, you remind everyone in the team that they win and lose together, and that it’s the sum of their work that is most important.

Encourage Collaboration

While each team member has their own responsibilities within the team, encourage your team members to collaborate with each other. Try to integrate collaboration into everyone’s workflow using collaboration tools. For example, Slack allows team members to communicate directly using channels. Through collaboration, team members can learn to trust each other and hold each other accountable.

Hold Team Events

When people get to know each other outside of work, they tend to build a sense of community and interact better with each other at the office. For example, you can hold fun team activities like a potluck lunch or a company picnic to give people an opportunity to chat with each other outside of the office. You can also form interest groups, such as a running group, and invite your employees to join. A small business with a great team culture is more enjoyable to work for. Not only will your employees enjoy their jobs, they’ll also be committed to the success of the business.

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