Performance Management

5 exceptional habits of high performing teams

Many teams at work don’t understand how habits affect performance, but getting better is a matter of habit. There are many habits that can improve a team’s performance, and that’s why the best performing teams have their habits. Here are five essential habits of the best performing teams.

Negative feedback

Active communication

And yes, the best teams communicate. Communication is the most formidable weapon of successful teams. A successful team uses communication in all its forms to be more effective. Good communication takes into account three main aspects:

Listening: The best teams are used to listening carefully. Listening carefully to other team members, listening to task distribution and recommendations is the best way to stay on the same page and move forward together.

Cooperation: Team members do not work individually in the team, but together. They discuss each other’s progress and do not hesitate to make proposals or contributions to improving the work of the other.

Feedback: The team favors regular feedback. Whether the feedback is positive or negative, they use it to encourage or improve their work. Team members realize the importance of their work and know what they need to correct in order to perform better.

Set specific goals

A good organization

Organization is a key factor in achieving great goals. Successful teams are often organized teams. They work in order and keep their goals in view. They have specific objectives, rules and know how to manage time.

Specific goals: The team sets clear and specific goals that all members are aware of and above all understand. Each team member owns the goal to be achieved and sets their own goals based on it. The individual goals are therefore aligned with the group goal and the work is done easily. 

Rules and values: the team sets rules and values ​​in the presence of all the members who make their team values ​​personal values ​​and together they create their own team culture.

Time management: The team knows that time is precious and that every second should be valued. The working hours, although they can be flexible, remain precise. Meetings are planned in advance and strategically. The times for work, for breaks and for distraction are well defined.

ProTip: Big companies like Google, Twitter, Netflix and Amazon create, track and align goals across all levels of the company using OKRs methodology. You can invite your team to use Happierco OKRs tool for a seamless experience.

Great team spirit

A great team spirit

Team spirit is one of the characteristics that determine successful teams. Successful teams are teams that are used to being tight-knit.

Acceptance: The team facilitates the integration of all members regardless of their differences. A high performing team helps promote inclusion and diversity within the team culture and works with each person’s personality. The team takes the differences of the members as an asset and not as a brake.

Mutual aid: Members of successful teams support each other. When a team member has an impediment they get help from other members and are never on their own. The team members know they are not alone and therefore are more confident. It’s often more teamwork.

Conflict Resistance: The best teams are used to dealing with conflict effectively. Although the complicity between the members does not already favor the birth of conflicts, these conflicts are mastered and quickly managed when they appear. Sometimes these conflicts are even turned into something positive.

Professional development

Promoting personal and professional development

Investing in the development of team members is what any team that wants to be successful should do and that is what top-performing teams do. They contribute to the development of their team members in several ways.

Training: the team organizes training for its members. This training aims to strengthen their capacities and make them more competent. It can be training related to work or their personal life. But in both cases, the skills acquired are used above all for their own development.

Coaching: The team identifies the weaknesses of its members and assigns them a coach. The coach may be a member of the team who does not have the same problem as the one he/she is to coach. The goal is to help members overcome their weaknesses and become better.

Opportunities: The team motivates its employees by exposing them to several opportunities. Knowing that there are opportunities to grow into more important roles or achieve their own goals allows employees to be more engaged and the team to perform better.

ProTip: Get to identify your team and individual strengths and weaknesses using Happierco 360° feedback and knowing what to do next.

Promoting well-being

Well-being is the condition for a team to perform well. Successful teams are used to ensuring their well-being at work in order to accomplish their task more easily and in good conditions.

Flexible hours: The team has flexible working hours which allows members to work in better conditions and avoid stress. This allows good concentration and better development in the spots.

Adequate workspace: Tidy and comfortable workspaces positively influence the work of a team. This is why successful teams like to work in spaces that are peaceful and that better reflect their personality.

Fun: If there’s one thing the best teams love to do, it’s having fun, have fun and have a great time. Games and moments of distraction reduce stress and make work more enjoyable. Working all day can be annoying and a little bit of madness in the middle of it all can only do good.

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