You might be wondering why your team isn’t reaching their goals anymore. Perhaps you’re beginning to question what happened to the success of your organization. Poor team performance is more than likely to be a big part of the problem.
What causes poor team performance and why is it a problem?
Poor team performance is often rooted in a lack of collaboration, communication, leadership, and low morale. If teams don’t work together at their maximum potential, your bottom line will be affected and company-wide success will take a knock.
Lack of collaboration causes team-wide problems
Failing to collaborate can be detrimental to your bottom line. If team members cannot work together, aren’t taking responsibility, or just simply clash, the quality of work will decline. Time will be wasted over failing to agree and making decisions will become a struggle. Instead of being efficient and optimizing working hours, your team will become ineffective and slow.
Poor collaboration is often the result of putting the wrong person in charge. A poor leader will fail to motivate the rest of the team and cause a breakdown among its members. Without motivation, individuals won’t feel the need to perform well and the overall success of the team will fall.
Someone who lacks leadership skills will fail to delegate tasks properly, leaving some members with too much to do and others with too little to do. Team members might begin to resent one another, as well as the leader. Failure to delegate effectively will mean your team isn’t being applied to its full potential. Without your team working at its maximum, you’ll find it difficult to achieve company-wide success.
If your team isn’t working well together, it’s likely that there’s a lack of communication. Perhaps your company’s work culture causes employees to feel uncomfortable when being open.
If your team members fail to communicate effectively with one another, productivity levels will slow down drastically.
Poor communication ultimately leads to mistakes. Employees who don’t have a clear idea of priorities, goals, or what your organization’s bottom line is will make more errors than those who clearly know team and company priorities.
To resolve these types of issues, it’s important to think about the different communication styles on your team. How do they respond to conflict? Do they feel like they’re being heard in group settings?
It’s important to form balanced teams made up of individuals who know how to communicate with one another. While having different communication styles is not a bad thing, it’s essential that these differences complement one another, rather than work against each other and hinder progress.
Work Style can help you understand how each team member works, making it easier to form teams that collaborate well together.
Poor Company Culture
Poor company culture leaves team members feeling demotivated and unnoticed.
To keep your team incentivized and working to their full potential, it’s essential that your company embraces a positive employee-focused culture. Your organization’s work environment should be one of growth, drive, and productivity. It’s important that these values run through the company from the top of the hierarchy to the bottom.
Ensuring that your employees aren’t overwhelmed with work is key to maintaining productivity. According to studies, 57% of employees who felt they were very stressed at work felt less productive and disengaged, while only 10% of low-stress employees reported feeling this way.
Happy individuals are more productive and engaged than those who are over-stressed.
To build a more positive work culture, try to understand that your team is made up of diverse individuals who have their own sets of needs and preferences. What suits one employee might not work for another. There is no use forcing everyone to fit the same mold, as ultimately it will prove to be ineffective and dent your team’s productivity.
Once team members know that their physical and mental well-being is a priority in the organization, they will be more focused and commit more to your organization, ultimately helping meet more of your company’s goals.
How do Work Styles affect team performance?
Poor team performance is often the result of not understanding different Work Styles – some individuals’ behaviors, preferences, strengths, and weaknesses differ from each other. Some employees might prefer structure and order while others might be more comfortable with flexibility.
How can I use Work Style to improve my team’s performance?
Ensuring that employees are able to leverage their strengths is one of the most effective ways of ensuring productivity. Employees who exercise their strengths on a daily basis are 8% more productive and 6x more likely to be engaged. deltPRO’s Work StyleTM Assessment will help you determine what your employees’ strengths are, as well as help you correctly match candidates with a role where they’ll excel.
Once you know your team members’ individual work styles, you’ll be able to build more well-balanced teams that complement each other and are in a better place to collaborate effectively on work tasks. If you are managing several teams, you might want to think about reallocating some of your employees to create a more balanced workforce.
In the end, poor team performance is detrimental to your bottom line. Failure to communicate, collaborate and follow strong leadership could even affect the success of your company. Work StyleTM Assessments help you create strong teams that work together effectively.