In the world, there are people who have different opinions about everything. This difference of opinion causes them to behave in an uncivilized manner at times and often say or do things that are not forgivable. That’s why our society is bound by some norms to control our behaviour but all the norms doesn’t always stand good for everyone. The same goes for the workplace too. The workplace also has certain norms which we are bound to follow. But, a major problem today is that the norms that should go away are sticking to their guns and not moving out and the ones that should be introduced in are fading away.
For bigger companies, it’s very difficult to set and follow norms as their employees come from so many different backgrounds, religions and experiences. So, if there are so many disparities among good or bad norms, then which norms should the employees follow if they have to perform effectively. You have to set up some ground rules for everyday decorum to be maintained among the team members. Here, we are talking about the rules of interaction which an employee should follow while in office and especially during the meetings.
What do we mean by the team norms?
Team norms are the basic rules for the interactions among the workers or the team members which has to be followed no matter what. These norms are put in place so that various points of view are offered and discussed among the team and not just by the will of the people who are in power.
Group norms can be defined as a set of agreements between the team members who work with each other and how the group behaves and performs as a whole. These agreed upon behaviours helps the team to improve their collective performance as a team through healthy debates and a common purpose.
There are some norms which should be avoided.
These issues should never be a part of the team and need to be openly discussed with the team which helps in complete transparency amongst the employees a key for building a successful team. Good team norms help the company to keep the morale up and offer better productive opportunities to their employees in order to succeed, rather than the team pushing each other down.
2. Sense of belonging: One of the major elements of better team norms is the sense of belonging among such a diverse group of people. The company plays an major role in making the employees take part in the decision making. This helps an employee to develop a powerful bond with the company.
The team norms may be different from company to company. It is up to the company’s managerial staff to decide and with the close coordination of the employee and the manager, the team norms of the company are set and needs to be followed.
Here are few examples of the new norms which make a team more high-performing and hardworking:
3. Celebrate accomplishments: Only the salary is not enough, if you want a deeper connection with your employees as money is always very obligatory from the employee’s side. If you want to establish a deeper connection, then the company should celebrate its accomplishments by treating their employees to show that they care about them and their successes. It can be some small party with a pizza or soft drinks after a big software release or even an ice-cream when the sales team reach its monthly goal. These celebrations create an environment that helps in developing a sense of appreciation, which is much greater than just the paycheck.
4. Follow and maintain constructive silence: Although, most of the companies are lenient enough and have a cool working environment which isn’t stressful at all. But, some of the companies can make their employees very nervous because of their strict norms which can often push them to such a point where they start behaving in a weird manner and that’s not productive at all.The team leaders must keep the environment, as positive as possible and also allow them to follow and maintain constructive silence. This will help the team members to be as constructive as possible when they answer after a lot of thinking and not saying the first thing which comes into their minds.