6 Tips For Encouraging Teamwork In The Workplace

Updated January 31, 2023by 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, to support the mental health of their employees.

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 Teamwork Matter?

Teamwork in the workplace may be important for a variety of reasons. Cooperation may help your team get their work done faster and on time. Increasing collaboration through teamwork may lead to more innovative outcomes and team creativity. Additionally, teamwork may lead to the development of friendships, which can increase workplace satisfaction and support employee mental health, preventing resignations and overuse of sick time.

6 Tips For Encouraging Teamwork In The Workplace

If you’re hoping to increase teamwork at your place of work, try these 6 tips to guide your efforts.

Tip #1: Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

Communication is key to having successful relationships, whether they’re professional or personal. By working to build strong 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 and strong morale.

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.

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 your workplace culture and make your employees feel valued.

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. 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 accessibility 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. 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. Playing together as hard as you work together can help develop trust and collaboration in the workplace.

Schedule an outing 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 lead to a strong sense of teamwork. 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 get the job done. Providing your team with the resources they need to succeed and recognizing their competency may show your employees you respect them and may encourage them to work together more closely to solve problems. 

Online Therapy Can Help Prevent Or Reduce Employee Burnout

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 accessible 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. 

Takeaway

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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