What makes a successful team? Is it happiness, high performance or trust? Do they all lead to success? In this article, Frank Fazzolari, Senior Talent Acquisition Officer, explains the importance of happiness in the workplace and how this directly relates to team success.
Happiness, high performance and trust are all important characteristics of a successful team. While high performance and success are known to go hand in hand, increasingly, organisations are understanding the importance of happiness and trust in the workplace and their value in building a successful team.
Happiness – the relationship between happiness and increased productivity has been well documented. Employees that feel happy and supported at work are more likely to bring positive outcomes to their teams and work hard for those around them.
High performance – it is no secret that high performing individuals drive results for business. A successful team is largely considered as one that achieves the strategic targets for their team. In this sense, having team members that strive for high performance and achieve team goals help actively shape the success of the team.
Trust – for a successful team to operate, a degree of trust between each other is essential. There must be a level of confidence that those around you will work hard to achieve their individual tasks and responsibilities, so the whole team can function effectively.
How can we become a successful team?
A successful team takes time and patience to build and many factors are important to consider when developing a successful team.
Carefully put the right team together.
Constructing the right team with a balance of complementing personalities and strengths is an important aspect of building a team. HR departments often consider applications holistically, rather than focussing solely on an individual’s talent. It is important that candidates are hired not only for their ability, but for whether or not they will be a good fit for the team.
A common goal must be established. There must be a shared purpose that will inspire the team to work together and effectively exchange ideas.
Allow conflict: If a team is diversified, conflict is inevitable. However, conflict can be key in driving new efficiencies and innovation. When teams allow for conflicting ideas and thoughts to be exchanged in a healthy environment, the whole team can learn and improve.
In order to become a successful team, a safe environment to have open and honest feedback is critical. Teams should foster an environment where feedback is given and sought. Positive and constructive feedback is necessary to keep each individual accountable and allow for improvements.
Strong Leadership: A successful team is built on the back of great leadership. A strong voice of direction and someone to keep the team on the right track is vital. A respected leader helps model those around them. The leader doesn’t need to be on a friendship basis with everyone, but they should be respected and listened to by all.
Finally – have fun! The best team cultures are fostered when people have the freedom to let their personalities shine through at work. Successful teams are motivated and passionate teams!
Why join Findex?
It is an exciting time to be a part of Findex – we are on a journey that is ambitious and inspiring. Our growth is providing amazing opportunities for staff at all levels. Findex’s position as one of Australasia’s leading provider of integrated financial advisory and accounting services means we are able to facilitate genuine career progression while providing an environment where staff still feel valued. It is exhilarating to know that your contribution in the team is appreciated and really does mean something. Being at Findex, you feel that you are not just part of a machine or a number, you are part of a team full of opportunity and your career goals are cared for.