Teams are an important part of any organisation
Collaboration between team members is vital to a company’s success, regardless of the size of the business.
Team members who work together can enhance the company’s ability to achieve quality outcomes. Additionally, collaborative workplaces build a higher level of trust and encourage better engagement, which improves productivity. A collaborative team environment can be difficult to achieve, but it is not impossible.
Team leaders must make sustained efforts to achieve a cooperative atmosphere in the workplace that they can implement across the entire organisation by concerted efforts to instil collaborative values. Clear communication with team management software can help an organisation achieve its goals faster and more efficiently.
Collaborative teams are subject to challenges because team members may not always work well together. Below are some of the barriers to teamwork that can lead to a decrease in production or failure to achieve production goals efficiently.
A person who evades their responsibilities
When team members share responsibilities for production outcomes, some individual team members may be required to do additional work. The reason being is to make up for those who don’t contribute their share of efforts. If a team member fails to contribute their share of responsibilities, the team can become resentful and less effective.
Team members should discuss who will do what and how they will hold each other accountable for individual contributions before beginning a project to avoid failure or inefficient production.
Decisions influenced one-sidedly
Sometimes, a single individual or a small group might dominate a whole team. It may result from strong personalities, high performance and abilities, or differences in status among the team members. People may decrease their efforts if they don’t feel that their ideas are welcome and appreciated or if they don’t feel that others are listening to them.
The absence of trust
Team members require confidence and mutual trust that everyone on the team shares a set of common goals to collaborate effectively. Suppose goals are unclear, or there’s a lack of trust. In that case, some individuals may feel uncomfortable sharing their ideas with the team or may not understand what others are trying to accomplish.
The lack of trust can lead to miscommunication and misunderstanding, weakening the team’s production efforts.
Conflict amongst individuals
When working together, conflicts are a normal occurrence. Although conflicts can produce positive results, they can also negatively affect a team’s performance. Managing conflict incorrectly can reduce task progress or lead to others disregarding their responsibilities.
Inadequate team or skills
If a team lacks collaboration skills, the overall ability of the team to function is limited. Poor collaboration can hurt team performance. Conflicts may arise more often, and team members may find them difficult to resolve. Team members with inadequate experience or knowledge may be unable to complete all the assigned tasks and activities.
Too many team members and group thinking
The coordination and communication between a large team can be more complex than in a small one, which impacts their ability to function effectively. It will become more challenging to schedule meetings, and tasks will take longer to complete because of the complexity of decisions.
‘Groupthink’ is another thing to consider. A team member may feel uncomfortable challenging the group’s direction or speaking up to avoid disrupting its normal routine. Therefore, it limits their creativity and leads them to make poor decisions or mistakes.
So now that you know what can decrease a business’s production rate, we have implemented a few strategies that can help boost your team’s collaboration.