There’s no “I” in TEAM: How to boost team performance in the workplace
01/06/2023 // Zoey Sky // Views

The success of a business depends on your team's performance. To effectively improve work efficiency and quality, you need to make a continuous effort to keep improving.

If you need help improving your team's performance, check out the tips below.

Communicate goals and instructions clearly

As a manager, you should try addressing the factors that drive employee performance by addressing external issues, like lack of resources or support.

Employees will often perform well if they understand their goals and work assignments.

If a manager’s instructions and expectations are vague, workers could become stressed and confused, which means their focus won't be helping your business succeed.

Encourage all members to stay goal-oriented

Employees have a better chance of meeting or exceeding company goals if you give them clear expectations.

You can also give employees specific guidelines for achieving success to help team members understand their roles and responsibilities and how they fit into the mission statement of your organization.

To do this, you can establish an explicit goal that helps people know what's expected from start to finish.

Use detailed maps to help people visualize tasks and projects. This also gives them a sense of collaboration because their goals are always specified. (Related: Music found to induce cooperative behavior: Upbeat tunes improve mood, inspire teamwork.)

Manage expectations

Always manage your expectations when goal setting for the team.

Don't put too much pressure on team members and try to be generous in giving timelines ahead of schedule. At the same time, encourage high-quality work to make your employees feel valued so they continue to work hard.


Enforce consistent performance appraisals

Schedule regular appraisals to assess employees' overall performance and contribution toward the company's success. Do this through an annual review, evaluation or employee appraisal and evaluate employees' performance, skills, achievement and growth.

Regular appraisals offer many benefits, such as:

  • Improving morale level and teamwork
  • Giving employees a fair assessment
  • Increasing workers' job satisfaction
  • Identifying areas where business lags

Train, retrain and promote

Change is constant in a developing world, but training can help prepare employees for a competitive environment.

Investment in employee growth to increase their loyalty and retention chances. Use proper training and promotion to build your future leaders' bench.

Try to improve morale

Employees are more productive when they are happy with their job. Foster a positive environment to help boost employee morale, confidence and interest in their work.

Encourage collaboration

Ensure that your team remains productive by assigning pairs or setting up full-team sessions. This might not work for those who work better alone, but in most cases teaming up makes people perform at a higher level.

Sometimes, allowing employees to spend most of their time working independently or in isolated environments can decrease productivity and creativity. This can be due to several factors, such as being less likely to interact with others on projects which would help boost innovation.

Collaboration helps increase trust within teams, which is key to better long-term results. Trust is crucial for an effective team, so communicate honestly with team members whenever you're working on big or small projects. You should also let team members express and communicate their arguments freely so they can trust each other more.

Use the right technologies

Employees can do their jobs efficiently and effectively with the right tools and technologies. On your end, you should actively seek out technological solutions that can help your team members be more productive.

Technology is a great way to encourage employees to be more efficient and creative. Get ahead of the competition by investing in updated equipment and software.

Offer incentives

If you want to encourage employees, acknowledge their input. This will make them feel appreciated and boost their productivity.

Incentive programs can also help boost motivation, lower absenteeism rates and improve teamwork.

Develop a flexible workplace

A flexible workplace can help boost employee performance because they have the chance to work outside the traditional location, responsibilities and working hours. This flexibility can also help improve staff morale and their physical and mental well-being.

Foster an engaging work culture

You can increase employee engagement by listening to their opinions and encouraging them to participate. Organizations with engaging clients often have better retention, increased profitability, higher productivity and healthier employees.

To make your company succeed, value your team members, communicate openly with them and reward their good work.

Go to for more tips on how to improve team morale.

Watch the video below about the three types of intervention that can help improve team well-being.

This video is from the Finding Genius Podcast channel on

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