When you have a team working together, problems will happen. Not everyone will always be on the same page, and some team members will have different opinions on how things should or should not be done. Below are some suggestion on how to handle problems which may crop up in your office team:
- The team doesn’t have an identity: The members of the team may not feel committed or want to make the effort then. The members may not feel that they are accountable to each other for the objectives of the team. There could also be a conflict between team goals and personal goals as well as poor collaboration.
- The team could have difficulty in making good decisions: Instead of incorporating new information and moving forward, they keep rehashing repeated arguments.
- The team has poor communication skills: They talk over one another or interrupt each other without completing a thought. There could be no input from some members and all input from others. Or everyone nods their heads in agreement without really knowing what they’re agreeing to.
- The team can’t solve conflicts among themselves: Because of heightened conflicts and tensions among team members, nothing can be solved.
- The team shows lack of participation by some members: Some team members aren’t showing up for meetings, have low energy during the meetings and fail to complete essential assignments.
- The team is showing lack of creativity: The team lacks creativity and is missing opportunities to turn it into something that will sparkle. They can’t come up with fresh ideas.
- The team has become too used to one another: They won’t consider any alternative ideas and won’t think outside the box. They almost think as one entity or are cliquish.
- The team has an ineffective leader: The leader of the team doesn’t delegate and doesn’t define the needed compelling vision for the team to all work together.
Problems with team members
Sometimes a single team member can affect the strength of the entire team and drag it down. Below are descriptions of the problems that this person can cause:
Selfishness: Selfishness can cause a team to splinter because one or more persons is out for themselves forgetting that promotions are a two-way street. There is no good quarterback without a good offensive line. So cohesiveness is lost, and the team no longer is a functioning unit. Nothing will get accomplished, and this damages the interests of all the team members including the person or people who are being selfish. The solution to this is for each team member to work for the goal of the team and put aside their selfishness. If the person who is selfish thinks just as an unrelated individual, then that person can’t get beyond thinking only about themselves additionally. So they should be asked to leave the team.
Stubbornness: If a team member becomes obstinate and doesn’t want to consider new ideas and procedures, it can cause the cohesiveness of the team to come apart. It’s a major problem when a team member won’t consider new thoughts and ideas. Team players should be willing to accept new ideas and to learn. So when a person is introducing a new idea to a stubborn team member, they need to do it slowly and carefully. Be polite and gentle. In the end, though, it may be up to the team leader to exercise the proper authority over the obstinate person.
Uncooperating: If you have unhealthy competition among members of your team, it can destroy that team as a unit. If everyone is competing for a raise or promotion to the point of distraction, then they may try to get ahead of their teammates to look good in ways that are unproductive. Everyone who is good should rightly shine, but some people are backstabbers too who will go to unseemly lengths. This will make teammates distrustful of each other too, and nothing will be accomplished. The manager needs to bring the team around to see that once the infighting and intrigues stop, then the team will be successful to everyone’s benefit. Believe it or not, even in the political world, too much self-promotion often backfires.
By recognizing any of these problems, this is the first step to a solution.