Teamwork is a major component of a successful business, and how well your employees work together to achieve the company's goals can make a huge difference in whether or not the business is ultimately successful or not. Following are some tips for getting employees to work together for the good of the business.

1. Emphasize being a team player during the hiring process.

During the interview process, always stress the importance of being a team player to job candidates. It should be clear to them before they even start that they will be expected to cooperate with other workers and work with them to achieve common goals. If a candidate is not the type of person who gets along easily with other people, they may decide this is not the right job for them. Always ask about other experiences they've had working on a team to get a feel for what they have been able to accomplish

2. Make sure employees are reporting to a great leader.

Employees who need to work as a team need a great leader to set an example, to delegate tasks, and to make sure all members are accountable for performing their required roles. If people are not contributing adequately, it's up to the leader to address this accordingly. As the business owner, this leadership role may fall upon you. Otherwise, appoint a manager who has the ideal leadership qualities.

3. Set team goals and rewards.

Teams need common goals to work toward. The team leader needs to communicate these clearly to all team members, and each member needs to understand their role in how they can achieve the stated goals. They should also understand how their role impacts the ability of other team members to perform their own tasks required to achieve these goals. Consider rewarding individuals and teams when they meet or exceed goals. This can be a great motivator and encourage them to work harder individually, and as a team, to meet the next goal.

4. Try team building through social activities.

Organize social activities that employees can take part in that promote camaraderie. This could be something as simple as a company lunch/dinner, a team get-together at the bowling alley, or even participation in a sports league. This can be anything that gets employees to spend quality time with one another and build positive relationships that can translate to a sense of team in the work environment.

5. Provide and encourage constant communication.

While two-way communication between management and teams is important, it’s also vital to encourage communication among all members of each team. Constant communication is a major component of an efficient team, regardless of whether team members are working remotely or in the same physical space. Give reminders about how crucial it is that everybody be open with one another and make sure everyone is always in the loop.

6. Make your employees feel valued.

Workers who feel appreciated are much more likely to give a project their all. If someone feels they aren't valued as highly as other team members, they may resent it, and the work may suffer. Make sure each member of the team receives positive feedback on a regular basis.

7. Act swiftly to deal with conflict.

If team members are experiencing difficulties working together, make every effort to get to the root of the problem. If you discover that it’s one or two individuals who are creating discord or not acting as team players, consider assigning them a different role or, if necessary, letting them go for the good of the company.  

8. Empower your team.

If you’re confident that you have an effective team working on a project, don’t micro-manage it. Demonstrate that you trust the team members by seeking their input and recommendations. A team can often come up with a better solution than an individual, simply because they can draw on more resources and experience.

9. Ask for feedback.

Teamwork is vital to your business. Make sure all team members understand this, and ask for their feedback on how to improve the team experience.

The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of Zions Bancorporation, N.A. Member FDIC