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13 Teamwork Tips to Create a Positive Work Culture

Teamwork is vital to a positive and successful work culture. To become a success, you need the skills, talents, and experiences of a group of individuals. And camaraderie and trust among your team is key to achieving your goals and creating a positive work culture. You can improve the teamwork and work culture at your organization by sharing these 13 tips with your team.

A great way to use these teamwork tips is to kick off each week with a quick a 10-minute team meeting. Select one of the teamwork tips and together brainstorm specific ways to bring the tip to life. Write your teamwork tips on the board or flip chart. At nine minutes, everyone initials an activity to try in the coming week.

At next week’s meeting, review the teamwork tip aloud. Go around the room, reporting on the activity you tried. Give brief positive recognition after each report. Plan for next week by selecting a new tip and following the steps used in meeting one.

These teamwork tips are from our 52 Ways to a Positive Work Culture eBook.

1. E-mail with care.
Sample ways:
• Handle problem situations in person, not on the screen.
• Use e-mail for neutral or celebratory communications, never for messages containing negative emotions or bad news.

2. Let go.
Sample ways:
• Say, “Great. Let’s try your idea. I bet I can learn something.”
• Move away from the spotlight in a meeting when you see an opportunity for a co-worker to shine.

3. Share your trade secrets.
Sample ways:
• Teach a co-worker how to use a software application.
• Introduce co-workers to people who help you with certain tasks.

4. Help co-workers succeed.
Sample ways:
• Offer to help someone on a tight deadline.
• Offer to create graphics or handouts for a co-worker’s presentation.
• Offer to set up a meeting room.
• Offer to assemble tools

5. Acknowledge your team members’ presence and value.
Sample ways:
• Stop by a colleague’s desk, ask “How’s your day?” and just listen.
• Thank a co-worker whose help or expertise makes your job easier.

6. Swing a positive grapevine.
Sample ways:
• Say, “Production just hit a new high!”
• Say, “Word is, your team just made a breakthrough.”
• Say, “I heard that the XYZ team is working on a system that might help you, too.”

7. Accept negative feedback gratefully.
Sample ways:
• Say, “You saved me!”
• Say, “Thanks for telling me (though this is not easy for me to hear).”
• Say, “Good catch! You don’t miss much!”
• If the feedback upsets you, let it sink in for 24 hours before you respond.

8. Go easy on honest mistakes.
Sample ways:
• Say, “We all miss things sometimes. Good catch now, though!”
• Say, “I hate it when I do that!”
• Say, “Good recovery.”

9. Use their names.
Sample ways:
• Say, “Let’s work on this problem together, Keith.”
• Ask, “Adele, would you teach me how you do that so fast?”
• Say, “I like Joe’s idea.”

10. Tell team members first.
Sample ways:
• Say “I’ll need this info by 10:00 each day,” rather than complaining to his supervisor that he’s late.
• Say, “I need quiet time to work,” rather than complaining about her interruptions to others.

11. Avoid playing “gotcha” in public.
Sample ways:
• Give your co-worker advance notice if a problem in his area will be discussed in a meeting. Offer to help find solutions beforehand.
• Discuss the problem, not the person. Say, “We lost an order,” rather than, “Alicia dropped the ball.”

12. Volunteer.
Sample ways:
• Say, “I’ll be happy to find out.”
• Say, “I can arrange that.”

13. Build trust.
Sample ways:
• Say nothing negative about co-workers.
• If negative talk starts, say, “Let’s discuss Mary’s work only when she’s present.”

These teamwork tips are from our 52 Ways to a Positive Work Culture eBook.


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