What is Team Culture and How Do You Improve It?
Put simply, team culture is how people work together towards a common goal, and how they treat each other.
Team culture can be made up of the values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviours shared by a team.
By working together to create a strong team culture, you add many benefits to your team which include:
Increased levels of enjoyment
A strong sense of infrastructure within the team
Members become much more engaged
There are fewer incidences of interpersonal conflicts
Members feel their contributions are valued
Others are drawn to your team and want to be part of it
To build a good team culture it’s a good idea to have the whole team contribute to the discussion of what the team culture should be, after all, they are part of the team! Some of the things your team might want to discuss in building your team culture are:
Discuss your own team culture:
What are the teams' core values?
Are the values shared by everyone in the team?
What are the values reflected in the teams' behaviour?
How do you ensure the team culture is communicated to the team?
What is the process for updating or improving the team culture?
What are the policies and protocols that guide team behaviour?
Look at other team cultures:
Behaviours of other teams
Behaviours that reflect their values
The team image
Activities for building their team culture
Team engagement activities
Feedback on team performance/behaviour via reviews
Identify where your team culture could improve:
Team member values
Develop strategies to improve your team culture:
Partake in team-building activities to strengthen the team bonds
Partake in activities that will require a leader to step up
Develop some symbols or rituals to support good culture
Address flawed collective behaviours
Communicate updates with the whole team
To ensure your team culture stays strong, it is a good idea to acknowledge and/or reward team members who reflect the team culture, ensure the leadership team all reflect the team culture, and when looking to add new members to the team, it’s a great start if you can ensure they suit the team culture.