Over the past decade, the definition of team has continued to evolve. Once, a team was made up of colleagues in neighboring cubicles, catching up every so often at the water cooler. Now, teams are often blended to include freelancers, remote workers, and even robots across multiple locations and time zones. As such, blended teams create an opportunity for businesses to embrace new perspectives, while also supporting employee preferences on where, when, and how workers are most productive.
Our research found that a healthy work-life balance is a critical component to the well-being of teams today, so much so that 95 percent of employees consider it to be a top factor when searching for a job. The flexible structures of modern teams enable the best work-life balance for all workers, ultimately increasing productivity, efficiency and team morale.
However, to contend with today’s modern workforce, employees must evolve to champion the tools and best practices of digital transformation. To help employees adapt, here’s a list of the top four traits of an effective team:
As the adoption of flexible working options increases, teams must remain agile while working with colleagues across state lines or country borders. This means that it’s important to take an extra moment to adapt to the ways in which your team works best together. Whether this requires daily voice calls, weekly video conferences or monthly in-person meetings, an effective team will adjust to the day’s priorities and work with their teammates to accomplish goals, while ensuring everyone’s working preferences are met.
Understand your teammates.
Blended teams bring together employees with different experiences and skill sets to work on a common goal. Although this presents the opportunity to combine viewpoints and approach projects differently than you may have before, it also means you need to build teamwork by understanding and getting to know each other’s strengths and expertise. For example, our research finds that uncovering patterns across age groups and geographies leads to maximum productivity. By learning more about our colleagues, teams can successfully work smarter together.
Take advantage of technology.
Between voice, video, and messaging, the suite of channels that enable modern work offers plenty of opportunities to engage with teammates. While it can be easy to neglect constant team connection when there isn’t a meeting scheduled or an urgent task to complete, keeping an open line of candid communication is important in establishing a platform for conversation, connection, and efficiency as a team.
Reevaluate on a regular basis.
Effective teams take the time to understand where and how their collaboration methods map back to their work output. When things aren’t working, a team-wide evaluation helps to hone in on where there is room for improvement and reprioritize what needs more focus. However, this should always be in the back of a leader’s mind, even when productivity is high and teams are thriving, so that teams stay ahead of the curve.
At Fuze, we strive to support teams with the best tools possible to champion the modern workforce together. To learn more about effective team communication and best practices, visit https://www.fuze.com/productivity-at-work.