Saturday, April 29, 2017

Your employee newsletter is a powerful tool to educate teams and you should work toward putting articles and content in the newsletter that educate employees about team dynamics. Like any topic placed in a newsletter, both individual employees should benefit as well as the company. Educating about teams certainly fits this mold.

Although not commonly understood completely, work teams are synergistic tools that can accomplish more than individual employees working alone. Shared work, rather than one member of the team doing most of the work, is why all teams should be educated about team dynamics.

The most powerful undermining influence of any team is Paretto's Principle. Have you heard of it. Feel free to google it at Wikipedia or another source. It is mind-blowing, but it will make a powerful impression on employees, so take a look at share this concept in a newsletter articles.

Paretto's Principle states that 20% of anything cause will produce 80% of the effect.

This dynamic explains nearly everything in reality. For example in your closet are clothes and shoes. 20% of the clothes and shoes in your closet are worn 80% of the time. 20% of the silverware in your kitchen drawer is used 80% of the time. And 20% of the software on your computer screen (those icons) you are looking at are clicked 80% of the time. This an inescapable and fascinating reality. This also affects work teams. There will be a tendency for 20% of the members of any work team to do 80% of the work. If there are five people on a team, you guessed it, one person will do 80% of the work. And isn't that exactly what you have experienced your entire professional life? You better believe it.

People on an team must fight this dynamic in order for the team to succeed with its synergistic purpose. Sure, work can still get done but not as efficiently. And, nearly always, one person is resentful for doing most of the work.

Another idea to put in your employee newsletter is education about work teams as powerful tools for productivity, but how they lose impact when dysfunction affects five critical areas. Discuss in simple articles 80-230 words, how to prevent these problems, help employees diagnose their team’s health, and do so by examining how well they perform in each of the following:

1) Trust and ability to be vulnerable with one another;
2) Ability to share and offer ideas freely, without inhibitions, and with acceptance;
3) Forming a consensus, identifying a project, and pursuing it to completion, with each member feeling important to its successful outcome;
4) Silence is shunned and speaking up is a group tradition when a member is performing under par; 5) Achievements are shared.

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