Building a Team Environment
Child care will always have its challenges, but you will have a much better chance of overcoming those challenges and achieving your loftiest goals if you make it a team effort. A collaborative team environment is essential for the team’s success. While it is impossible to create the perfect environment, it is possible to create a team that is willing and able to tackle the challenges that arise. This is done by instilling a sense of team spirit and shared responsibility.
Individual team members need to:
- Feel safe and secure.
- Know that their skills, ideas, and experiences are important and recognized.
- Understand their job expectations.
- Feel motivated to achieve personal and team-based goals.
- Feel empowered to solve problems and bring new ideas to the table.
- Have a feeling of belonging and a special position on the team.
- Give and get feedback on their job performance.
- Laugh and have fun.
- Be trusted to do their jobs.
- Hold themselves accountable.
All team members need to:
- Get to know each other.
- Work together as well as play together.
- Learn to trust each other.
- Complete and take credit for projects together.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management recommends the following practices to create a collaborative team environment:
- Have a common purpose and goal: A team is defined as a group of people working together toward a common goal, so without a goal, there is no team.
- Trust each other: Team members must trust each other if they are to work together successfully.
- Clarify roles: Knowing everyone’s role and being familiar with the responsibility of those roles create efficiency and flexibility.
- Communicate openly and effectively: Miscommunication can create hard feelings and undermine the success of the team.
- Appreciate diversity: Team members come from all walks of life with different backgrounds and perspectives.
- Balance the team’s focus: Sometimes team members get so involved in the process of becoming a team they forget the reason they were made the team in the first place or vice versa.
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