Although many companies may not be in an active recruitment mode at the moment, it’s important to make sure your current teams are set up in a way to drive maximum results. Gone are the days we pull a team together based on their technical skills and experience alone. Team dynamics plays a huge role in setting up a high performing dream team. This has never been more true than in the current climate of remote work and challenging economic environments.
Psychological factors affect not only individual performance, but team performance as well. It affects the role each person takes on, the way they communicate with each other and how they interact with the team. Consider the two roles each person plays in a team environment. A psychological role based on the kind of person they are, and a functional role based on their technical skill and formal position. Both are important in building high performing teams. Assuming your candidates are all qualified with the technical knowledge and experience, it boils down to team chemistry.
There are three key team dynamics to consider:
- Your team should have a balance of people naturally taking on different psychological roles
- They should be able to recognise and mitigate characteristics that may break team synergy
- Everyone should be working towards the same goal and have shared values (often the toughest nut to crack!)
Becoming aware of team dynamics and how they can impact our teams are the first steps. There are online tools you can use to help identify and optimise your teams’ psychological roles, strengths, and personalities to build your own high preforming team. We have a number of great thought pieces on this concept of team dynamics so get in touch if you’d like to hear more.