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Effective team building with employee recognition programs

Building effective teams can help organizations increase their productivity and employee engagement. Workers who are supported in their role can focus on delivering quality results knowing that their co-workers are counting on them.

Building effective teams can help organizations increase their productivity and employee engagement. Workers who are supported in their role can focus on delivering quality results knowing that their co-workers are counting on them.

Leaders often find they need to bring their units together to increase performance, and employee reward and recognition programs are essential to this process. An article in Forbes reports that team leaders need to provide clear communication to keep departments moving forward. The regular feedback that recognition programs create ensures that all employees are working toward common goals. Motivaction states that team building can take place every day by providing feedback on performances.

"Take time to honor situations where things have gone well instead of focusing only on those that still need fixing," Colleen Coates, told the source. "Ending your meetings with acknowledgements and verbal 'pats on the back' helps create group cohesion."

Individual staff development is just as important to team performance as communication. Each staff member needs should be assigned specific goals for improving their own skills and fulfilling a role on the team. Noting the accomplishments of those who have achieved their objectives can motivate others to work toward their own development goals, while bringing the unit closer together. Combining individual goals and team performance objectives will increase commitment of each team member.

As departments improve their communication and coordination, managers need to be conscious of their own actions. Failing to support teams or not following the same practices will cause employees to lose faith in their company and their leaders. Forbes notes that the best way to keep team members engaged is to lead by example. Workers who see their boss following the same rules and procedures are more willing to trust their leadership and will strive to achieve more.

Even as units begin to exceed expectations, companies must continue to challenge their members. New challenges will keep team members working toward common goals, allowing companies to benefit from their performance.

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