The Structure of an Effective Team

Even for companies with solid foundations and careful planning, their employees are one factor which ultimately determines the businesses’ fate. By ensuring that your business has an effective team in place to help remain on track to meet the organization’s goals, you can focus more time on planning for the company’s future. Not only are there multiple ways in which you can review your team members to see if they’re effectively helping your business grow, there are also ways you can make sure they have the resources needed to be on board with your corporate culture.

Conduct an In-Depth Review of Your Team

One of the most important things you can do as a leader is to periodically review the achievements and progress of your employees so that you are able to find any issues that may be occurring. By constantly keeping up to date with your team, you can spot problems before they develop more serious.

When reviewing the team, it is important to keep in mind that problems are not always the fault of your employees. In addition to reviewing specific team members, it is crucial to review the dynamic of the team to see if any problems may exist in your company which makes it difficult for the individual members to act effectively as a team.

Some common things to look at in your business’ team structure are:

Communication – Make sure that your team members are able to comfortably communicate with each other. Long-term issues in communication can have disastrous results for your business.
Clear & Shared Goal – All of the members of your team should have the same well-defined goal in mind. Employees working towards a number of different goals can lower your productivity significantly.
Defined Roles – Each employee should know exactly what is expected of them as far as their job in the company. Roles should be well defined and comprehensive.
Qualified Leadership – Is the leadership that you have in place for your team members able to properly guide them? Having ineffective leadership will make your entire team ineffective.

Conveying Your Goals to Your Employees

An area where many companies fall short is relaying the corporate goals to their employees. In order to encourage an atmosphere of working towards a unified goal, it is important for your team members to understand what direction you plan on taking the company. After updating your company’s goals, convey these thoughts to the others in your organizations. Changes in corporate objects may mean big changes in direction for your business, but you won’t ever make it there without the rest of your team steering the boat that way.

Just as it is vital for a company to review its business and financial plans regularly, it is equally as important to follow up with your team members and make sure they’re remaining productive towards the goals of your business. Issues with your team members may not always be their fault – be sure to check your team’s structure and whether they have the direction and resources needed to meet your expectations.

Author's Bio: 

Tracey is a leading business expert and speaker for more than two decades in both the U.S. and Canada. Tracey believes in simplifying, automating and growing business and life and helps business owners hire the best, develop their team and set up their business to accelerate in business performance and improve organizational strength, to allow them to focus on their own brilliance. Through effective leadership, communication and coaching techniques, Tracey takes business teams to the next level by focussing on their strengths and holding them accountable.