Project Management

How to Make Your Team More Unified

Having team unity is like living in a country with no internal factors and personal conflicts. Team unity helps team members complete activities on time, proactively seek to communicate and collaborate, show respect to differences of other team members, and always be prepared to contribute to the team. As such, it is useful for project managers to create a team constitution, a list of shared values, when initiating projects. With a team constitution, you can eliminate many of the setbacks and challenges that may affect team productivity. Harry Hall offers a few tips to strengthen and promote team unity in a post for the Project Risk Coach:

  • Establish unity as a core value.
  • Let your team members know that your door is always open.
  • Facilitate open discussions with your team members.
  • Promote trust within your team.

Planned Harmony

There are sometimes individuals who criticize others and dominate, which can cause team division. If a team doesn’t know how to compromise, put aside personal differences, and communicate in a constructive way, projects will suffer. Lower productivity, unhealthy work environment, and increased stress and related disorders are some of the potential consequences. Therefore, project managers need to establish unity as the core value of a group, and communicate it to team members.

Don’t shut your team members out while implementing the project, as well. People always have questions, concerns, and thoughts that they want to share, discuss, or argue for in the middle of a process. Make them feel welcomed to voice their questions and thoughts anytime to you, and be willing to listen and comprehend their opinions. Additionally educate them how to communicate with each other constructively and properly in a blame-free environment. Create a friendly and open work culture, encourage work ethics, and strengthen team spirit throughout your project to accelerate the journey to your destination. Hall adds this:

Imagine that you are brainstorming ways the team might respond to a significant project threat. The project manager elicits as many ideas as possible. Brainstorming rules apply – no one criticizes any ideas. Once the viewpoints are captured, the project manager works with the team to prioritize and select the best responses.

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