At timeghost we value team spirit and team productivity very high. Therefore we are always trying to improve our team productivity and performance.
But what is a “team” really and what makes a team more successful than others?
In sports there are quite clear definitions of what you need in a team in order to be successful. Nowadays in a business setting however it is harder to define key points that would make a “team” effective or successful. Therefore, it’s important to clearly define what a team is and examine what makes a team most successful.
timeghost helps you to track your team performance
Some say teams should always consist of completely different personalities and should be build up as diverse as possible since diversity and other perspectives within a team will always strengthen creativity and therefore result in a better output.
Others might find a more homogenous group of people to perform more harmonious and therefore a better way to enhance the workflow and output of the team.
No matter how the team is set up there are factors that most certainly will help you and your team to perform better and stay focused.
We tried to come up with key factors that might help you to improve your team’s performance.
3 Key factors for a productive team
Create common goals
Very performant teams create a certain team spirit by setting up common goals that they want to achieve. They work together to clarify the team’s purpose, so that everyone knows what they’re aiming for. And after that, the team members define their personal goals, outline their respective roles, and agree on behavioral norms.
When conflicts occur during a project, you’ll see if your team is made to succeed or bound to fail. If the issues are embraced and discussed, your team will see growth and start to gain experience that will improve the output and productivity. Team members should encourage each other to express their views with candor. Because the goal is to achieve the team’s purpose—rather than to protect individual egos—team members listen with curiosity and openness rather than defensiveness. If that attitude prevails success is inevitable.
Sustain High Performance
The final characteristic of a high-performance team is its ability to sustain its impressive results. The team members continue to demonstrate unity by sharing leadership. A high-performance team will adapt to change and accept even greater challenges.
Make performance observable
The first two factors help building the team and the last one focuses on the output and consistency that helps your team to stay productive. And in order to see the team performance you need to have an overview of the team’s activity.
For this purpose, we decided to include our special Team Activity feature to timeghost that enables team leaders and admins to keep track of the tasks that the team works on in real time and also see weekly time spent on those tasks.
Team Activity lists the latest 25 worked-on tasks of all workspaces members and shows how long it took for the task to be completed and when it was done. Besides that, you see the weekly working hours for each user in this particular workspace.
The feature will make productivity observable for you and help you to evaluate your team’s output. The feature is available in all timeghost apps and can be configured to be only visible to workspace administrators. Find out more about the roles and permissions and how to set them up here.
Get it all in the timeghost Teams App
One of the highlights of timeghost that our users enjoy the most, is the timeghost Teams App, which is directly integrated to Microsoft Teams. You only need to install the timeghost Teams App directly from the AppSource Store in the application. You can find a manual on how to do this right here. The timeghost app includes all features that you know from the web client and since you use your Office 365 account in order to access timeghost you’re set and done in only a few seconds
Try it yourself
We really appreciate all the feedback we can get, so please feel free to contact us and tell us what needs improvement or what you are missing in timeghost.