Encouraging consistent communication among team members can make a world of difference in the work they produce. Having clear conversations about expectations for a project or clarifications on a task will help reduce mistakes and save time. One way to push communication and build stronger teams is by using an instant messaging software in your workplace, like Slack or Microsoft Teams. This allows remote team members to casually chat and ask questions to one another quickly and efficiently, like they would in an office. Although communication structure in a creative team may be difficult, promoting clear and consistent communication will dramatically improve employee morale and the work produced, too. If team members are having a particularly tough time getting on the same page, encourage them to hop on a quick phone call or video meeting — vocal tones and facial expressions can make a world of difference when it comes to resolving small conflicts.
In order to feel like an important part of the team, team members need regular check-ins with leadership. Daily standups are a great way to accomplish this. Implementing 15 to 20 minute team meetings every day will help your team feel connected to one another and ensure everyone is on the same page. This is a great way to gain an understanding of which team members have too much on their plate and who may have more bandwidth to help. It can also be a great way to check in on how everyone is doing in their personal lives. If daily standups are too much for your team, weekly meetings can also help improve team unification. Make the most of these meetings by organizing a regular structure or cadence to them, or even by bringing an agenda — but make sure you don’t neglect to include time for morale building.
Another great way to unify teams is to build camaraderie among members. When people establish personal connections with one another, they build trust and empathy. Some ways to promote coworkers getting along is by doing team building activities, happy hours (either in-person or virtual), or establishing committees or clubs for them to join that are not directly related to work. We’re not suggesting every person on your team needs to be close friends with every other person, but by making time for personal connections and highlighting what people have in common, your team members can better understand one another, and even learn more about each other’s preferred communication styles, and things that might influence their work. This context is paramount to successful teamwork.
Last, but certainly not least, boosting collaboration among team members will help unify them as a group. When people work together, the quality of their work can drastically improve. In fact, studies have shown that small groups working together are better than even the most talented individuals when problem-solving. Giving your team the proper tools to enhance collaboration can be very helpful for them working together. Softwares like CROOW allow multiple users to work on the same project, and progress can be tracked in real-time. By keeping everyone on the same page from an organizational standpoint, and providing a central place to collaborate and provide feedback, your team’s productivity — and satisfaction — will increase.
Bismarie Plasencia is a Digital Marketing Manager at CROOW. CROOW is a project management tool that helps creative teams unite with project managers to get work done faster and more efficiently.