How to Maintain Effective Working Relationships Within a Team

by Luke Arthur - Updated September 26, 2017

In the business world, employees are often expected to work on projects together and work efficiently as a group. Because of this, maintaining positive team relationships is critical to business success. If you are in charge of a team of people, fostering positive interactions and long-term relationships should be one of your top priorities. Once your team members start developing relationships with one another, everyone will start to work together as a unit and objectives can be reached more easily.

Encourage feedback and communication with the members of the team. If you are the manager of the team, asking for feedback regularly can help team members realize that their opinions are important. When employees feel like they are valued, they will enjoy being in the team more.

Empower your team members to make decisions on their own and to get projects done. Instead of micromanaging every little detail of the group, allow each person to handle her own part of a project. When employees can work freely without having to worry about someone looking over their shoulders all the time, they will usually perform better and will respect each member of the team.

Host group activities outside of work. While you want everyone to get along with each other at work, it is also important to have activities outside of work. For example, taking your team out for lunch once a month can be a good way to let everyone get to know each other. Celebrate birthdays, holidays and other special events with each other.

Have regular group meetings for your team. For instance, having a morning meeting to make sure that everyone is on the same page can be an effective strategy to develop relationships with your team. If you spend time together every day, it will create a feel of camaraderie within the group.

Tips

  • Spend time getting to know everyone else in your team. Group meetings are not always the best way to get to know someone.

About the Author

Luke Arthur has been writing professionally since 2004 on a number of different subjects. In addition to writing informative articles, he published a book, "Modern Day Parables," in 2008. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science in business from Missouri State University.

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