Technology has advanced many aspects of the workplace: work tasks have been made automated and more efficient; communication has become instantaneous and digital; and teams have expanded globally. All of these advancements have generated solutions for most corners of the workplace; however, the advancement of technology has also created new questions and problems.
Global expansion has given employees new options regarding work. Individuals now have the option to work in different countries and remotely. Remote work is a benefit for individuals; however, it can create problems for teams. Managers must identify these possible setbacks and plan new ways to develop successful teams.
To build an effective team, managers should identify key characteristics that help keep teams successful through technological development. Studies conducted by Google over the years have identified the following characteristics of successful teams:
- structure and clarity
- psychological safety
Along with these characteristics, teams must be able to set clear, manageable goals and assign roles within the team. Utilising these characteristics will help teams to remain adaptable during any technological advancement. Technology will not be slowing down and it is time to ensure that teams are both prepared and curious about any innovation in the near future.
Continuous innovation and communication are the building blocks of a successful organisation and team. Managers should install easy-to-use communication tools to keep key communication accessible and in one location. Poor communication occurs when members product hop across multiple channels to achieve one goal.
Using PowerHouse LMS, for example, helps keep key communication in one place through the Messenger Dashboard and Document Library. Keeping all items in one place allows for easier collaboration and brain-storming.
Future teams will focus on collaboration and ideas-sharing. To keep the team motivated and looking to the future, managers should work to develop the psychological safety involved with teams. When employees feel comfortable working in the team dynamic, they are more likely to freely express themselves and build quality relationships with their colleagues.
Focus on the team dynamic by establishing values and team rules. Understanding the value of creativity will help focus the team on a common goal, even if it is digital communication. Managers can also utilise social media channels to bridge the gap between communication and relationship development.
How to brainstorm
Defining quality teamwork and establishing a strong digital culture are the building blocks of a successful company; however, it is important for managers to understand how to correctly leverage these teams.
Successful teams are able to collaborate, brainstorm and build on innovative ideas through different channels, such as video streaming apps, group-collaboration apps and other systems similar to PowerHouse LMS. Purchasing all of these tools can only become effective if they are used correctly.
Brainstorming in traditional teams is usually centred around groups of people bouncing ideas off of each other in a boardroom. While this may lead to some success, it is important to develop new methods for future teams.
Below are just a few tips that managers can use to help with team brainstorming, when team members may be working remotely:
Diverge and converge
Teams may find it useful to have time to think alone prior to the meeting. These meetings may consist of the '6-3-5 method'. Six people in a room write down three ideas and those ideas are passed along and elaborated on five times. Once the ideas are built on, members share the ideas, which are discussed in the group. This allows individuals to work separately and come up with their own ideas before discussing the ideas as a group.
Slow your roll
Creativity is not something that can be forced. When working remotely, it can be very easy to get stuck on a problem. Working collaboratively and slowing down the creative process can help develop some of the best ideas.
Innovation takes time and establishing weekly meetings to hash out these ideas can help lessen the burden of trying to solve a major problem.
Draw it out
Drawing and other methods of expression can help solve problems that talking might not be able to. C-sketching techniques allow employees to draw solutions as well as discuss them. This can create more insight into problem solving and help build new ideas that may not have been available before.
Utilise online channels by showcasing the drawings of team members and allowing them to express themselves in new ways.
Teamwork can be difficult, especially with the advancement of technology. Managers and employees must continually work and develop relationships through new means. Adaptation is the key to team success.
Managers should research how different channels of communication can assist their teams and how to develop relationships using the characteristics that Google identified.
Once managers have established new teams, they should start identifying new ways to brainstorm and develop innovation throughout the organisation. One way to do this is to encourage the 6-3-5 method as well as drawing solutions.
- KnowledgeCity. (2017). Redefining Teamwork in an Increasingly Remote World. KnowledgeCity. Retrieved from http://www.elearninglearning.com/edition/weekly-white-label-learning-technologies-2017-10-28?open-article-id=7465702&article-title=redefining-teamwork-in-an-increasingly-remote-world&blog-domain=knowledgecity.com&blog-title=knowledgecity
- Markman, A. (2017). Your Team is Brainstorming all Wrong. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from https://hbr.org/2017/05/your-team-is-brainstorming-all-wrong