One thing that often characterizes web designers is the fact that we tend to enjoy working alone, sometimes it is just better to do things by yourself, that way you know there is only one person to blame if things to wrong. Sometimes however there is just no way around working in a team, perhaps the project is so big that you need to work in a team or the client has decided to hire several designers, whatever the reason working in a team can either be a joy or it can be like having teeth pulled out. In this article we will provide you with some tips for working better as a team.
In essence you can apply most of these suggestions to any form of teamwork, not only when working with other web designers but any group. We will look at things such as expectations, communication and a feeling of belonging and importance.
The first thing everyone in the team needs to know is what is the end goal, in other words what is the team working towards? This can be the final completion of a project and handing it over to the client, or it can be finishing your part of a project before passing it on to another department. Whatever your end goal is everyone on the team needs to be aware of the direction they need to be headed.
The second and sometimes most important thing that needs to be discussed is what is expected from each member of the team. In other words what will each team member be held accountable for completing? This also includes making sure everyone on the team know why they are working together as a team in the first place, so why is this project a team project instead of a solo act.
Communication is a really important part of any team or group work! Without communication there can be no team, every member of the team need to feel that they can express their thoughts and opinions without being ridiculed. It is also important that members feel they can ask questions if there is something they don’t understand. Without proper communication you quickly run the risk of your final outcome being of a lesser quality.
It is really important that everyone in your team feel like they belong to the team, people need to feel that they are an important part of the group. The problem is that if people don’t feel like they are important to the group then they will quickly feel that their work is unnecessary and their motivation will decline. When their motivation declines their productivity goes down with it.