How to select an efficient work team← Back to blog
Selecting and managing a work team is not a simple task. Finding the exact types people you need will take a few minutes of reflection. Be patient and take your time. Do not be hasty during the selection process of your team. Stop to think what type of people you need for your project and what each person can contribute. Here you have 4 tips to have a efficient and productive team.
- Select all different types of people. Look for that dynamic, talkative, and extroverted person with energy for everything. Also look for that more relaxed and introverted person. They will complement each other perfectly. Keep in mind if you have a work team of people who show a lot of leadership qualities, they will compete for the leadership of the group. A team full of low energy people will slow down the work being done and the projects will not be brought to a successful conclusion. Find the right balance. Focus on their attitude during the interview or find out what their hobbies are and you will be able to get an idea of what type of person they are.
- Trust in second opinions. When you are selecting the members of your team, ask for the advice of a trusted colleague so that he/she can give you their point of view. Tell to that person who is close to you how the potential members seemed or what role that they could perform within the group. In any case, there are as many opinions as colors, and differences of opinion are a normal part of the workplace If your trusted colleague does not have the same opinion as you, do not worry. Follow your own criteria and you will hit the mark. If you are wrong, do not worry, next time you will do better. During the first time doing something, the results that you want do not always occur. And much less when we are working with people. So, always give a second or even third opportunity to people.
- Make the role of every person in the group clear. For that you will have to define the tasks of each individual. And from minute one of the project. If a member of the team does the work of another or there is someone who does not do something because they do not know that they have to do something, there will be a problem. Every member of the team should know exactly what their role is and they should know how their work relates to the work of the other people in the group. When you start to work with a new team, make sure that every member has a function and that everyone else in the team knows that function. Everything will go better this way. They will know what they have to do and you will know who you have to look to at all times. Keep in mind that for that to happen, you must promote and encourage communication within the group. If there is confusion concerning roles, have a discussion with the entire team and make sure everyone is on the same page. Communication is the foundation of a well-functioning team.
- Look for a right hand person. It is not anything more than finding someone to help you with the simple tasks. Let them know that you appreciate their work and you are counting on them for a few more additional tasks. But... Be careful! Make sure that this person does not attempt to go over others' heads or take on responsibilities that are not theirs. Do not make this person responsible when you are not available and make it clear what their role is within the team. Obviously, this position can be given to different people throughout the time the project is taking place. Demonstrate to your workers that you trust in them and everything will turn out well.
Selecting a work team is definitely not a simple task. Be comfortable with the fact that you may not get it right the first time, or maybe you will. Be patient and keep in mind that everyone has something good to contribute to a team. A surprise may be right around the corner, so do not make decisions based on first impressions and give an opportunity to everyone who deserves one. if you select a good work team, everything will work smoothly. Try it and see for yourself.