Rating teamwork can be more challenging than conducting individual performance evaluations. In a team assessment, you're charged with judging how well the group performs as a unit while simultaneously rating each team member's individual role and contributions. For best results, rank everyone according to the same set of standards.
Rate the team on how well members work together. For example, assess if each team member participates at an equal rate, and if the workload is equitably distributed. Assess whether all members participate in brainstorming sessions, problem-solving meetings and work as a unit, or if task responsibility per project is disproportionately placed on certain team members.
Planning in a team setting should include project-specific individual goals and responsibilities as well as overall team objectives. Rate individuals on their abilities to meet goals on schedule and on budget. Get feedback from team members about their colleagues’ performances to help you better assess the overall effectiveness of the group.
Most teams are put together for the express purpose of working on a particular project, goal or objective. The parameters of the project are determined at the start of the task, which allows you to rate how well members do in reaching goals. Assess if the team met or exceeded goals, and what contributed to the success of the project. If the team failed to meet goals, determine the extenuating circumstances that caused them to fall short. This type of rating not only evaluates current circumstances, but provides information for fine-tuning approaches to group projects in the future.
Measure the Performance
Use a rating system to measure a team's performance. Teams that work well together, share ideas and support collective efforts are typically productive and effective, and might rate a "5" of a scale of 1 to 5. Teams that don't respect one another or work in tandem to support the group are often scattered and ineffective in their tasks, and might rate a "1." Rating the team as a group gives all of the members more incentive to pull together because one member won't want to drag down the scores of other members.
Using the Information
The information you gather for rating team effectiveness can be used to reward performance, direct how future teams are assembled, enhance internal team project planning efforts and assist with ongoing staff training and development efforts. You can also use the results of your team assessments for conducting individual performance reviews.
Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.