Productivity Strategy

Elements of Successful Teamwork

You spend a lot of hours of your life at work, which is why getting along and working productively with your teammates is so essential. 

Employees also feel tension when they disagree with their coworkers, give silent treatment to each other, or let one person do most of the work. When this occurs, team goals are rarely reached, resulting in more severe problems along the way.

So how can you build a workplace environment that is harmonious and productive?

Knowing the elements for effective teamwork will help you create and ensure sustainable teams in the company.

Here are five elements for a successful and effective team:

1. Open Lines of Communication

Successful teams need to have clear lines of communication. Communication must be honest and flow freely amongst the members of the team. Team members who understand each other’s particular ways of communicating, or who agree to a single style of communication from the beginning, are most able to shift the team in a positive direction that everyone understands and supports.

Team members would never fail to communicate with other members about topics and concerns, as well as new ideas or specific insight.

2. Diverse Competencies

Teams with a wide range of professional expertise can be more fully equipped to address a wide range of challenges. When building teams, takes time to ensure that each member of the team has the expertise and skills that match the skills, strengths and weaknesses of other team members.

Ensuring that each team member has a specific specialty helps the team members to trust each other with certain aspects of success while completely knowing what their own contribution is expected to be.

3. Commitment and Trust

As a team, you have common goals. To be successful, you need to be completely committed to achieving these goals and confidence that other members can do the same.

Mistrust resulting from unbalanced workloads will lead to petty political moves, such as slackening high-performing performers to close the distance between team member outputs.

4. Adaptable to Changing Conditions

High-powered teams need to be agile and adaptable to changing environments. Team strategies, priorities, roles, workflows and even members can change over the life of the team. Team members should be able to rally together and face up to new challenges head-on, rather than breaking into ideological groups or banding together to resist change.

Change is an unavoidable part of modern industry, and the most effective teams have the opportunity to carry with the challenges and change the way they function together on the fly.

5. Creative Freedom

All teammates should be free to think creatively – try new ideas and fail without fear of the consequences. This part of teamwork puts together all the other components for successful teamwork.

Friendly and non-criticizing communication is crucial, as it creates a trusting atmosphere among team members. This makes it possible for all to exchange ideas and regularly engage in group conversations.


There’s no “I” in teamwork. Simply put, you need to build a work atmosphere that encourages trust, collaboration and team-based strategies.It’s not going to be easy, but it’ll surely be worth any effort. 

If not for anything else,  it will help you keep your employees, build your employer brand, and increase your profits.

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