Have there been communication challenges on your team? Are you onboarding a new team member? Maybe roles have been reassigned recently. No matter the circumstances, there is a good chance that it’s time for a team check-up!
In the same way it does us well to prioritize self care, it’s a good idea to give attention to team care. It’s a common and healthy practice to receive routine examinations by a doctor—even when we’re feeling fine—and similarly, checking in on our team’s overall health can benefit everyone in significant ways.
It can be easy to get caught up in the workflow of tasks and lose focus of the team holistically, and the processes and dynamics within them, which is especially important in today’s ever-expanding global workforce. Regular check-ups with your team can support team health by creating a psychologically safe environment in which all members feel safe to brainstorm freely, make mistakes without fear, offer a differing perspective, and advocate for their needs. It also provides a neutral space to address pain points and areas for growth.
One easy but effective way to initiate a team check-up is to use the GlobeSmart Profile. After taking a self-assessment, team members’ work styles are plotted along five dimensions of culture. These dimensions provide an easy but effective way to approach and discuss interpersonal dynamics. The team comparison is a great way to see team members’ Profiles together, and start a conversation about how to work best together.
Team leaders can use this Work Style Team Activity to start exploring the GlobeSmart Profile with their teams. One important principle to emphasize is that there is no right or wrong Profile. All points along the dimensions benefit teams, and similarities and differences can be leveraged by honoring the strengths of each side. This may involve adapting preferred work styles in certain situations.
Here are some examples of ways team members can adjust their style to work better with their peers:
- Interdependent team members may appreciate more team brainstorming and problem solving.
- Those who are more status-oriented can seek out opportunities to request the feedback of others on the team across various functions and levels.
- Team members who lean more toward risk may appreciate the careful perspective of someone more certainty-oriented.
- When giving feedback to someone more indirect, those who are direct can adjust their tone and word choice.
- Those more task-oriented can consider relationship-building as a key step when starting a new project.
Our Quick Guides for Adapting your Work Style can help team members grow an awareness of ways to collaborate better with others, no matter their similarities or differences.
The GlobeSmart Profile also allows for culture comparisons, which is especially beneficial for global teams. These comparisons provide insights on the cultural influences behind behaviors, which can help team members collaborate effectively.
In addition to the Profile, the GlobeSmart learning platform is home to the Inclusive Behaviors Inventory, 100+ Culture Guides, and a variety of self-paced learning modules—all of which have many opportunities for education, reflection, and growth. Regular team check-ups can help grow your team’s effectiveness, the organization’s business, and the culture within your workplace/psych safety that contributes to a constructive workplace culture.
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