Every employer wishes for the people they hire to be amazing employees. More so, they wish for these employees to come together and be a dream team. Dream teams are motivators in the office and the best set of people to get the job done and to do it well.
Employers rely on these teams to help them boost their business, so they definitely are necessary. But how does one build a dream team of employees? What would you need to look out for in the hiring process and develop through their employment contract? Here are a few points to consider and refer to when finding and building your dream team.
Communication at the core
The first and most important aspect of any team is communication. In every aspect of life, people need to be able to communicate with each other if they’re planning on getting through anything. And it’s more than just talking to one another. In the dynamic of a dream team, communication needs to be clear, non-verbal cues need to be understood and conflict needs to be worked out via conversation.
A team who cannot talk to each other will never be on the same page. And that requires more than just morning catch-up meetings after which everyone goes about their day on their own. The work a team produces, generally, requires constant interaction and input from all members. 100 times a day if necessary.
Without constant communication or the ability to readily communicate, a team will always miss each other and the quality of work won’t be at its best. It will also take them longer to complete a task. The importance of communication is obvious, and every dream team needs it to be at the core of the team.
All teams need to be able to trust each other and that is something that builds through the ability to communicate openly and honestly. If there’s no trust in a team, the likelihood of conflict increases and it becomes less of a team dynamic and more of an individual’s effort.
Teams who trust each other are able to communicate and work better. There is also less stress on the individual employee when they know they don’t have to worry about the part of a project their team member is doing. And trust leads to other important team properties such as respect, support and confidence.
When building your dream team of employees, you can’t exactly throw a few people together who are in the same department. You need to match employees based on their strengths and weaknesses so they’re complementary to each other. Otherwise, you’ll essentially have one type of person in a team of five people, all doing the exact same thing.
By building a dream team of complementary strengths, you’re adding a dynamic of innovation to the team. Different strengths working together will lead to new and inspired ways of working. Better ways of working. And your company will benefit from that innovation. It will also create a default support system among members as they’ll need help from one another and that, in turn, build trust.
Reinforce what it means to be a team
Every team will go through their ups and downs and dreams teams aren’t immune to that process. Nor should they be as it usually leads to a stronger team in the end. But it’s important to reinforce the dynamics of a team every now and then. Have team building sessions and assign a team leader to keep everyone motivated and accountable.
It’s also important to remind team members that they are necessary, doing meaningful work and reaching both team and company goals. Every member needs to feel empowered in order to continue performing well.
Dream teams need to be told of their results and the progression of their work. And that needs to come from the employer (the team leader can only do so much). Being shown the results and the difference their work makes to the company, will create a result-oriented drive in them that will keep them motivated. This will reinforce, to them, what it means to be a team. And also show them how great they are.
To keep a dream team inspired, motivated and on their toes, it’s a great idea to encourage continual learning. Take a learnership programme, for example. Going through the process of learning new things together will improve everyone's skills and be a team building exercise as well.
There are so many learnerships available now and learnerships in Cape Town that can be tailored to your company and to your dream team. It will better them as individuals and it will better them as a team.