Team dynamics strongly influence how a team reacts, performs and behaves, along with impacting organisational culture and workplace health. Healthy team dynamics can provide a sense of belonging, identity and self-esteem, stress reduction and greater wellbeing.
The organisational value of healthy dynamic teams includes increased productivity, the development of creative and innovative solutions to complex problems, and colleague collaboration and support.
To establish and maintain such dynamics, it’s essential that there’s a clear understanding of the purpose, function and effectiveness of the team, and that any team conflict is addressed and resolved skillfully and quickly.
After identifying the problematic or conflicting behaviour, depersonalising the conflict wherever possible is important, along with focusing on what we can and cannot control in the workplace. We cannot change personality, though we can regulate behaviour, and workplace behaviours can be controlled by individuals. In addition, early, proactive intervention can assist in preventing unhealthy team dynamics becoming a part of the organisational culture.
For any team to be effective, the following components must be met:
When establishing new teams, recruiting team members who possess skills or behaviours that are well suited to working in a team (apart from their specific job skills), can greatly influence team effectiveness. Key skills to focus on include:
For existing teams, mentoring and training team members to develop these skills will enhance the likelihood that the team will be effective.