Making "Teamwork" Work
Tips on How to Work as a Team When Faced With a Large Project
When a big project arises, the first task is preparing your
department for the task at hand. Here are some simple tips to
effectively organize your team.
1. Plan your approach. Before approaching the task, decide
exactly what needs to be done and who will do it. If you plan
ahead, there is no chance of something slipping through the
2. Establish a schedule. Present your team with a timeline of
what aspect of the assignment should be done by what date.
Having a visual record of project tasks and due dates gives your
entire team something concrete they can work toward.
3. Assign responsibilities. Assemble your team to discuss what
each person's responsibility in completing the project will be.
Tell each team member, in detail, what his or her individual
tasks are. Writing down a short description of the specific
duties of each co-worker, outlining the specific duties they
will need to perform, will help to ensure that the project is
finished on time.
4. Check status regularly. Set up scheduled meetings to discuss
how the task is progressing. Having regular meetings will ensure
that all team members are up to speed on the status of the
project. This will also make it easier for the team leader to
address potential issues before they become obstacles to
finishing the project on time.
5. Offer rewards. Offer possible incentives to motivate your
team to work to their top potential. The rewards don't have to
be substantial, just a little something to show that you
appreciate their efforts. The rewards can be as simple as giving
your team extra break times when parts of the project are
completed or allowing individuals the opportunity to leave 15
6. Give credit where credit is due. When the project is
completed, be sure to thank your team and tell them what great
work they've done. Showing that you recognize the work that went
into the project and that you appreciate the help of your
co-workers will not only give them a sense of satisfaction, it
will also help to make them eager to tackle the next project
A project well done is a combination of good management and
efficient teamwork. As long as your team members are involved
and informed every step of the way, any project should be easy