If you want to boost productivity and make your team more efficient at work, here's the key 8 habits of a professional and productive team. From organisation to appearance, all teams who work well together have these habits as part of their daily routine.
They are Highly Organised
From the bottom to the top of the organisation, every employee needs to know what they're doing and where this sits in the wider operation of the company as a whole. Organise daily emails or face-to-face meetings between the whole team, where these three things are answered:
What I did yesterday. What I've got on today. Any potential problems to getting that done.
This level of organisation needs to become a habit which is started and shown by those at the very top. A tidy organised workplace, regular kick-off and check-in meetings, identifying potential blockages/problems each and every day… these are all little things which make for highly organised habits to become the norm.
They help your team work more efficiently and boost communication. Both majorly important habits of a productive team.
They Discuss the Job Regularly
Because talking regularly about what's going on today, what happened yesterday and what might be an issue in the shift ahead is key to productive conversations which find resolutions, it's great to officially book in talking regularly.
It pools experience and knowledge like no other habit can. These daily chats can take the form of a five minute face to face meeting at the start of everyday or an email last thing the day before or on arrival in the morning.
Whichever it is, it will help your team to talk more regularly.
And this will then become a habit which spreads into wider working practice - sharing problems, collaborating on solutions and sharing expertise will become the norm. Which will result in a more productive and cohesive team.
They Have Respect for Each Other
For the talking to work, especially in a daily meeting, respect needs to be shown towards each other no matter the person's rank and authority.
The goal to work towards is that every person realises that they are all cogs in the same machine. Whether a senior manager is trying to overcome difficulties in closing a final account with a supplier on a project worth a six figure sum, or a junior apprentice is struggling to get some reports bound because the paper delivery hasn't arrived… it doesn't matter. They are both issues which stops a team member doing their bit towards the wider company goal.
Helping each other out in some way would make for a respectful environment where people can thrive to their full potential.
They Share the Same Goals
Be open with the team about what the long, medium and short term goals are for the business. And let team members know where their work sits in achieving that.
Without this, it's easy for junior employees or those working remotely to lose sense of their worth to the business.
A person seeing how their own work helps towards the bigger goal is a huge motivator.
They Share their Successes
Personal successes should be shared. No matter how small the win, make sure it's brought up at the daily meeting or is communicated to the business. Make congratulating successes the norm, even if it isn't with great fanfare.
A positive mental attitude will soon develop at work when all the company let's you know a simple "well done on that, mate" when you've done something well. When this becomes a habit, morale and productivty will soar.
They Share Potential Failures
Likewise, share the burden of potential failure too. But be careful to use this as a motivational tool. It would be more accurate to describe this as sharing "obstacles" or "problems".
As a team, share with everyone else when something like a pitch didn't go well, or there's a problem happening on site which needs resolving. Other members of the company might have come across it before and be able to share some advice or an idea which can be altered to suit so that it works.
They Work Together
All of this helps to make a team work together more and more readily.
When this happens, it creates a bond between employees which wouldn't exist if they were left to complete their work in isolation. When employees work in isolation, it's more likely that morale will be low as people may not share personal interests or common behaviours. And this means friendships are less likely to develop.
But when work and their tasks is the conduit to daily communication, teams of employees will become closer as they have a stronger shared interest, rather than just "working at the same company". They actively work more often towards the same end goal, together.
This builds affinity and trust.
Which will make staff happier, even if they do do different things of a weekend and aren't exactly going to socialise together in their free time.
They Look Like A Team
And they should look like a team. Be it in terms of a similar level of dress or an actual company uniform. You may be surprised to see the options available when it comes to company clothing. Take a look at our guide to buying workwear, which is free and includes everything from choosing the right sizes to making sure your head office staff find something that they like.