Many employers today are wondering how they can get so many employees with different personalities and backgrounds to coexist in the workplace. There are effective tools that can be used to improve team dynamics and thus improve productivity and morale. Here are some principles to improve your team dynamics through psychology.
The Building Blocks
Building a successful team starts with recruiting a diverse group of candidates with a combination of skills and expertise that complement each other. Then it’s up to the managers and other organizational leaders to learn their individual strengths and personalities. Doing this leads to a positive team dynamic, which is important to have, because you’ll experience less workplace conflict.
The Value of Connectedness
From professional sports teams to the business world, many organizations tend to place more stock in having one standout star versus cohesive teams of average performers. Although it might lead some teams to success in certain scenarios, we have found a study to add at least some perspective. It suggests that elite performance is not entirely portable, and it can be dependent upon team familiarity and connectedness. In other words, some high performers only shine because of the support that they receive from their colleagues. So, promoting team familiarity could be the key to improving team dynamics.
Recognizing Different Personality Types
We might not be able to explore every different personality type in depth, but we can offer a glimpse into how you can get better at combining different people in the workplace to complement each other. A good place to start is by learning what type of people you have working on your team on a deeper level. It’s usually easy to see some of these differences:
- People-focused workers vs. task-focused workers – The first category refers to those social people who like to work around others and are more emotional regarding decision making. Then, you’ll find some employees that are more analytical than others and prefer working alone.
- Present-focused people vs. future-oriented people – You might recognize that some workers take their time to consider all of the details before acting or are more present-focused than others. Then, you’ll recruit some people that are outspoken and welcome risk and change.
As you can imagine, combining all of these personality types in the workplace without any conflict can be challenging. But it becomes easier to build high performing, cohesive teams when you learn more about these personality types and how they can complement each other.
If you do have a stand-out star on your roster, then just remember that team familiarity is contributing to some of their success. Focus on learning the different types of personalities of your employees to promote positive team dynamics.
by Ruben Moreno
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