Teams need to work together effectively to succeed in tasks and projects, but team problems will often arise.

Therefore, you should know about some of the most common issues that occur within teams and understand how to resolve them.

1. A Lack of Trust Between Team Members

In order for any team to work together effectively, each member of the team needs to trust one another.

Without trust, projects can soon run into all kinds of problems, such as people not being able to decide on which direction to take and projects running over deadlines.

To resolve the issue of a lack of trust, simply ensure your team has time to get to know each other.

So, managers and team leaders should recognize and reward employee achievements. If they don’t, it can lead to a drop in worker satisfaction and a high employee turnover.

Old-school techniques like team building activities can help to break the ice among new teams and assist them in forging solid relationships.

In turn, they will each trust one another more and be able to deliver the results that a project requires.

2. Lack of communication

To build trust in a team, the people in the team need to communicate well with one another and with their team leader.

People will always have different ideas about how to proceed with projects and the way that different tasks should be accomplished.

The more time team members spend with each other and get to know one another, the more they can build strong relationships and work in a cohesive and trusting manner.

3. Conflict and Tension Among Team Members

Conflicts that are related to projects aren’t necessarily a bad thing as they often enable team members to analyze problems more effectively and come up with the best solutions.

But if conflicts and tensions among team members result in unhealthy working relationships that affect the project at hand, it can be detrimental to the project’s success.

By appointing a decision-maker in the team who has the final say, differences in opinion can be reeled in.

Though, if working relationships continue to be problematic among team members, team leaders always have the option of removing people from teams and placing them elsewhere.

In fact, to avoid conflict and tension in the first place, team leaders should identify which employees work well together to form teams that are sure to be on the same page.

4. Team Members Feeling Their Work and Achievements Are Not Recognized

When a team member doesn’t feel as though his or her work and achievements are recognized, that person can feel unmotivated and become less productive.

Managers and team leaders should actively recognize and reward achievements to resolve this common problem.

They should also know the differences between rewards and recognition.

In general, the former is about rewarding workers with something tangible while the latter is about intangible things, such as simply saying “thank you” and “well done” when a person accomplishes an achievement.

5. Team Members hoarding Information

Everyone has heard of the expression “there is no I in team.” But some team members still don’t understand that.

And some go out of their way to not share valuable information that could help in a project’s success, because they want the glory for themselves, not for the whole team.

If people in teams are not open about the ideas and the information they have, projects won’t run smoothly.

This issue can be resolved by ensuring team leaders train teams in how to communicate with each other openly and demonstrate the problems that can arise when team members don’t communicate effectively with the others in the team.

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Abimbola Joseph is a creative content developer who derives pleasure in encouraging individuals to be the best they can be in all relevant facets of life. She believes that we all have a better version of ourselves which can be leveraged to impact others and make the world a better place. Connect with me on Instagram @abimbolajoe.

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