What is team alignment?
Successful team alignment is achieved when employees and executives of an organization are all working towards a common goal, with open communication and collaboration increasing efficiency and performance.
The goal is to increase the overall output of a team by ensuring team members fully understand their roles and duties and can effectively coordinate and communicate with other team members in alignment with the organization’s objectives.
The benefits of a well aligned team include an increase in trust and morale among team members, the ability to set measurable and achievable KPIs, access to previously untapped potential for creativity and solutions, and an increase in overall efficiency and output.
So, how can you implement the necessary changes to ensure team alignment?
Creating team alignment
Before anything else, it is essential that you understand what tools your team specifically needs to accomplish its unique goal. Cohesion and collaboration can only be achieved when each team member has the correct tools to fulfil their role.
A team leader must identify the individual strengths and weaknesses of each team member and designate the appropriate, skill-specific roles. When team members understand the positions they have in the team, realistic and achievable KPIs can be set.
When team members reach their individual KPI targets, they will focus more on the success of the team's objectives and increase productivity.
Clear communication and transparency of information are also essential as a team’s efficiency will suffer if there is a communication gap.
The implementation of KPIs allows for a certain amount of self management of teams as each team member can measure their own performance.
To successfully implement effective KPIs, the team must first identify strategic objectives and ensure each team member understands the intended results. It’s important to document any variations in performance to allow for a change in approach to address changes. This further helps to align the team as you will be able to demonstrate the context of any changes made, making it easier for team members to adapt. The ability to quickly adapt to changes will increase productivity.
The guidance of a capable leader is an important factor when creating a cohesive and aligned team. A team leader must establish a level of trust in the team by being available and open to help with any issues, representing the team when communicating project goals with management, and correctly allocating roles and KPIs. Building trust and offering support to your teams will create alignment and ensure they are committed to achieving their individual goals as well as those of the team and the organization as a whole.
Creating and maintaining an aligned team and implementing KPIs needs patience and time. However, once successfully incorporated, you will benefit from the ability to set measurable and achievable business goals that can be adjusted to focus on your team’s strengths, and have a unified workforce that increases productivity and output.