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Employees resist working in teams because of past experiences

Using employee reward and recognition programs could help businesses improve their team development processes.

Every corporate leader wants their team to work well together. The cooperation and coordination generated by effective teamwork allows the group to perform better than a disconnected collection of individuals. If accomplished correctly the process can even increase employee engagement and reduce stress.

However, a recent survey from the University of Phoenix found that while the majority of people see the value of working on a team, less than a quarter actually prefer the process. The study found that past negative experiences easily discouraged employees from accepting group assignments, making it difficult for businesses to build a more cooperative environment.

Rewarding teamwork
Using employee reward and recognition programs could help businesses improve their team development processes. According to the survey, 95 percent of respondents said that teams serve a vital role in the workplace, but 68 percent of them have seen groups fail due to dysfunctional activity. This shows the need for businesses to create guidelines for group interactions and learn from the units who do build successful dynamics.

Recognizing successful teams could encourage workers to be more flexible in their interactions with other. The rewards motivate the group to focus on the end result, which is vital to long-term group success, according to Business 2 Community. The source notes that having a clear objective for teams can help keep employees working toward a common goal. Units that exceed these objectives, or that show a high level of trust and interdepartmental cooperation could earn rewards, which provide immediate feedback about company expectations.

Change office culture
In addition to creating more functional groups, employee reward programs can be used to foster a more supportive office culture. Individuals who take the time to assist a coworker or take the initiative to rally others to accomplish a specific cause should be recognized for their achievements. The recognition sends a clear message to all employees that cooperation is a central part of the organization’s success.

Business 2 Community also points out that there are other skills that businesses should look to develop for better team dynamics. Strong communication skills are necessary for success within a group. Providing rewards for individuals that show strong problem-solving skills could also help build more trust among staff members. The process of acknowledging innovative solutions will encourage employees to be more creative and show willingness to try new things. This not only helps teams work better together, but can make companies more agile.

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