Much research has been done into the skills needed and best character traits of a good manager, but less focus has been placed on what makes up a good work force. For any organisation to thrive, teams need to be made up of people working well together. Most companies have many more worker bees than managers, so it is imperative for the majority to work effectively. You need the individuals in a team to be a TEAM.

But how is this achieved?  Google commissioned a report a few years ago, and they have recently published the findings. The way to do it is by finding the perfect mix of personality and career training of your individuals. “Who” is on the team matters less than how “The Team” interacts with one another.  The team structure is key and will without doubt be a powerful contribution to the whole company being successful.

This is more than basic courtesy and regard of one another. Team members really need to feel as though they can trust one another implicitly, without judgement. It is as important as each member feeling that their work has value and matters. Clarity of roles and the ability to know you can depend on those around you not only enhances job satisfaction, but has been proven to be instrumental in positive company results.

According to Googles’ research, these are the 5 key things that separate successful teams from the rest:

Psychological safety: Can we take risks on this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?

Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high quality work on time?

Structure & clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?

Meaning of work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?

Impact of work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we’re doing matters?

If you answered “yes” to the five questions above, congrats, you’re probably on a high-performing team. However, the chances are good that some areas will need some work and focus, and this is good. It’s important to constantly take stock of yourself and your team members.

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