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120 Proven Ways to Improve Teamwork

n my teambuilding workshops, one of the exercises I often do is to ask the participants the following questions, “What does good teamwork look like?” and  “What do I need from my co-workers?; What do I need in terms of personal satisfaction?; and What do I need in reference to worthy work in order to make my job more positive, productive and joyful?”

Although your team may have different answers, here is a compilation of what my attendees have said over the last 20 years of  delivering workshops on building stronger customer and workplace relationships.

What does good teamwork look like?

  • Participation
  • Plan
  • Ownership
  • More brains are smarter than one brain
  • On the same page
  • Treat people well
  • Get everyone’s opinion
  • Respectful of others
  • Listen
  • Overall consensus
  • Be on time for meetings and have work in on time
  • Share responsibilities
  • Hold each other accountable
  • Have fun
  • Cooperate
  • Create a friendly environment
  • Common unified goal
  • Share in work and glory
  • Good morale
  • Good leaders
  • Be a good example for others
  • Be positive
  • Be loyal
  • Be trustworthy
  • Do what you say you are going to do
  • Be open to new ideas

What do I need from my co-workers?

  • Support
  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Cheerleading
  • Patience
  • Competence
  • Give it your best shot
  • Less whining
  • Leave egos at the door
  • Get/give feedback
  • Prioritize
  • Loyalty
  • More clear/better communication of expectations
  • Flexibility
  • Positive and helpful
  • Friendly attitude
  • Consistency
  • Others confidence in me
  • Trust
  • Understanding
  • Greetings
  • Constructive criticism
  • Reliability
  • Sense of humor
  • Recognition
  • Fun
  • Clarity
  • More interaction
  • Open to change
  • More approachable
  • Be aware when I am having a bad day
  • Be constructive
  • More smiles
  • Collaboration
  • Volunteering to assist co-workers
  • More fun group time to reduce stress

What do I need in terms of personal satisfaction?

  • Feeling good about general accomplishments
  • Receiving compliments and giving them
  • Winning others over in a positive way
  • Establishing better relationships with others
  • Doing something nice for others
  • Stress free
  • Getting control of workload
  • Compensation
  • Happiness
  • Competence
  • Appreciation
  • Knowledgeable about products
  • Challenge
  • Opportunity to grow
  • Building a family atmosphere
  • Good and worthwhile performance reviews
  • Ability to help members achieve their goals and dreams
  • Being included
  • Empathy
  • Making a contribution
  • Making a difference
  • Organization
  • Less reactionary
  • Feedback positive and negative (tactfully)
  • Staff meetings
  • More involvement
  • Awards and recognition
  • Sincere relationships

What do I need in terms of worthy work?

  • Know what part we play in the big picture
  • What is my contribution to the overall mission
  • Guidance/details and instructions
  • Job sharing responsibilities
  • New skills (i.e. budget)
  • Resources
  • Feedback
  • More training
  • Tools
  • Thank you
  • Member/customer satisfaction
  • Open mind
  • Motivation
  • Mentoring
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Volunteers to assist others
  • Challenges
  • Incentives
  • Acknowledgement
  • More responsibilities/authority
  • Clear and concise communication
  • Empowerment to do your job
  • A sense of accomplishment
  • Growth

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