Six Tips For Encouraging Teamwork In The Workplace

Medically reviewed by Andrea Brant, LMHC
Updated February 19, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

According to a 2021 survey done by the American Psychological Association, 79% of employees may experience work-related stress each month. Burnout, or chronic work-related stress, may cause emotional exhaustion, physical and mental fatigue, depersonalization at work, and feelings of depression among other harmful symptoms. 

Those in leadership positions may benefit from learning to recognize the signs of burnout in their employees and implementing stress-reduction techniques, like encouraging teamwork in the workplace, supporting the mental health of their employees, and learning how to increase employee motivation.

Online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for individuals living with symptoms related to workplace stress, relationship challenges, or many other reasons. Online CBT may reduce symptoms in individuals experiencing burnout while increasing their coping mechanisms and providing other long-term benefits.

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Does building teamwork and being a good team member matter?

Workplace teamwork and collaboration may be important for a variety of reasons. Cooperation in effective teams may help your team get their work done faster and on time. Increasing collaboration through good teamwork may lead to more innovative ideas, critical thinking, and team creativity when working on a team project. Additionally, teamwork may lead to the development of meaningful relationships as each team member gets to know one another, which can increase workplace satisfaction and support employee mental health, preventing employee turnover and overuse of sick time.

In strong teams, team members understand their role and how they can achieve team goals within it. With team members engaged in collaborative teamwork, large tasks become small and the work can get done more effectively as team members differentiate their work instead of all approach things the same way. Teams innovate faster than individual employees working separately. Difficult tasks and new challenges are easier to face with a team rather than through individual efforts.

Developing high-performing teams and a positive team dynamic among remote workers is even more critical. Remote employees do not have the same interaction with teammates as in-person employees. This means that being intentional about developing remote teams may lead to a more positive teamwork environment and employees that burn-out less frequently.  

Six tips for building a successful team in the workplace

Developing effective teamwork doesn’t happen by accident; an effective team takes work to create. If you’re hoping to increase teamwork at your place of work, try these six tips to guide your efforts in making a great team and improving teamwork skills.

Tip #1: Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

Frequent communication is a crucial element needed to have successful relationships, whether they’re professional or personal. By working to build open communication practices throughout your team, you’ll avoid the drawbacks of miscommunication—such as high turnover, frustration, resentment towards leadership, and missed deadlines—and reap the benefits, like creativity, fresh ideas, and strong morale. Setting up regular team meetings or check-ins can help to ensure that communication is happening and encourage teamwork.

Communication is important not only among team members, but between leaders and teams. For example, you must communicate expectations and business goals clearly, so the team works together on the right priorities. Communicating effectively at a leadership level can also help individual employees understand the importance of teamwork.

Tip #2: Stress the importance of accountability

To enforce accountability, first, ensure every employee is aware of and understands the standards the company expects them to meet. Constructive criticism may need to be given promptly, when necessary. Accountability can lead to better outcomes and improved efficiency.


Tip #3: Show appreciation for your team

If your team doesn’t feel valued for their daily contributions, they may struggle to stay engaged with workplace goals. And if employees become disengaged, they’re less likely to work together as a team to meet goals. 

So many teams are bombarded with projects, and when one project ends, they're expected to move right on to the next one. Taking a few minutes to call a meeting to thank your team for their hard work can help improve teamwork and your workplace culture and make your employees feel valued. Use this time to acknowledge not only a high-performing team, but individual contributions and any especially relevant team member's strengths.

In some cases, you may not recognize an employee is dissatisfied until they're handing you a resignation letter. By creating a culture of feedback and prioritizing employee appreciation, you may prevent unexpected resignations and foster a sense of community in your workplace.

Tip #4: Resolve conflicts quickly

In the workplace, it may be inevitable that interpersonal challenges will arise, especially with large, diverse teams. Chances are, there may be a few people on your team who aren't exactly fond of each other. Add workplace stress, tight deadlines, and mismatched personalities to the mix, and conflict in the workplace can quickly flare up. While workplace conflict may be unavoidable, resolving it quickly and fairly can help prevent it from causing divisions in your team.

Listen carefully to each party and offer tangible ways in which you and the rest of the team can help resolve the conflict. Engaging the entire team in the conflict resolution process may help create a culture of openness and availability that fosters communication and teamwork.

If conflicts continue to arise, consider reassigning one of the individuals to a different project or a different team. If reassigning, it’s important to communicate your intentions, as you don't want anyone to feel as if they're being singled out or cause factions to develop on your team. Healthy competition can be useful, but resentment among individual members is not. Any staffing changes should be the result of discussions with the involved parties, not unilateral decisions made by leadership.

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Tip #5: Make active attempts to bond during your off-hours

While “mandatory” social events may not meet your goals, especially if your team is already exhausted by a particularly busy season at work, encouraging social interactions outside of the workplace may help teams form stronger, more resilient bonds. Relaxing together socially in a group setting can help develop trust and collaboration in the workplace.

Schedule team-building activities in advance so the whole team can enjoy time together—whether it’s coffee, a movie, the theater, an arcade, a sporting event, or any other fun occasion that has nothing to do with work. Building stronger relationships can also build teamwork and improve collaboration. For instance, your team may be more likely to help other employees achieve their goals at work, meet deadlines, or stay after hours to finish projects if they enjoy spending time together.

Tip #6: Lighten up on the micromanaging

If you’re prone to micromanaging, you may be unknowingly suggesting to your team that you don’t trust them to achieve progress on their own. Providing employees support that they need to succeed and recognizing their competency may show your team you respect them and may encourage collaboration to more to solve problems.

For example, in a brainstorming session, you might want to sit back and let the team come up with new ideas on their own, rather than trying to dictate what's next every step of the way.
Also, developing a reputation for having a good workplace environment may help you attract the best talent to your team in the future.

Online therapy can help prevent or reduce employee burnout

Teamwork is an important part of a successful business, because it can reduce burn-out and ensure that all employees are on the same page. Burned-out employees are less productive, less engaged, and less likely to stay in their job. Whether you or your employees are experiencing burnout, treatment can help you overcome your symptoms and regain workplace balance. While mindfulness practices like meditation, exercise, and a healthy diet may help reduce symptoms, in some cases, targeted burnout treatment may be necessary.

Online therapy is an affordable, convenient treatment option for individuals experiencing symptoms of burnout like anxiety or depression. Because online therapy is available from home and, in many cases, outside of regular business hours, you may not need to take time off work to get the treatment you need.

If burnout-related fatigue makes it difficult to get out of bed or leave the home, you won’t need to miss a therapy session, since you can log on and get support from your therapist wherever you are. Additionally, online therapy is traditionally more cost-effective than in-person therapy, since it doesn’t involve transportation costs and added overhead costs from the therapist. Beyond this, clinical trials have proven online therapy to be just as effective as its in-person counterpart in treating common burnout symptoms and consequences such as depression or anxiety.

If burnout caused you to leave your former position, online therapy may be a supportive treatment option for you during a period of reduced income. 


Thoughtful workplace practices, like incorporating teamwork into the workplace, may help employees stay engaged and minimize their risk of developing burnout. If you or your employees are experiencing burnout-related symptoms like depression, anxiety, fatigue, or disengagement, online therapy may help. BetterHelp’s licensed online therapists are available when you are to support your mental health and help you overcome symptoms of burnout.

If you could use additional support in your leadership role, online therapy may help you learn how to develop confidence, motivate your team, or fuel positive team building in the workplace. For targeted guidance and advice on how to make your team one of the most cooperative teams in the business., schedule an online therapy session with BetterHelp. 

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