How to be more productive in your company, a study by the Harvard Business School found.
In the workplace, a team is less productive if it doesn’t work well with one another.
The study surveyed about 1,200 managers and business owners.
They found managers who had worked with other teams in the past and had experience in teamwork were more productive.
The authors, Susan M. O’Brien, PhD, and David W. Johnson, PhD (Harvard Business School), said it is important to understand why teams need to work well together.
“If we want to have the greatest chance of success, it is our responsibility to find ways to get our team members to interact, to collaborate and to work together more effectively,” O’Briens said.
“This research shows that we should take our team member’s success into account in our team structure.”
The study also found managers with different roles and responsibilities should communicate more openly and clearly.
“[Teachers] are not always aware of the ways in which they should communicate their work with their team members,” Johnson said.
“I would encourage all teachers to create a more transparent and open culture of communication and to use their team-building skills in their teaching as much as they use them in their personal life.”
For example, teachers can use team building as an opportunity to discuss personal relationships, work, career goals and expectations, Johnson said, “or, if the team is more challenging, the team can use teamwork as a tool to help the individual work through challenging issues.”
Teachers can also take a proactive approach to communication and leadership.
Johnson said it’s critical for teachers to “use their skills and perspectives to make their colleagues feel respected and valued.”
“Teachers who are also leaders should also be able to use that leadership skills to share their team’s concerns and successes,” Johnson added.
The study showed that, on average, managers who worked with a diverse team were more effective at motivating their team.
“The results suggest that diversity can have a positive effect on performance,” O�Brien said.
“We found that diversity also has a positive impact on productivity, as well as on the team’s overall performance,” Johnson continued.
“By making team members feel valued and included in the organization, diversity can also improve productivity.”