The Impact of IT Team Culture on an Organisation
It’s normal for companies today to operate using a team structure, but few take the time to develop a team strategy that brings the right people together personally and technically.
Often, a manager or leader will hire a bunch of qualified people with the right technical skills and call them a team. However, the best IT teams are carefully recruited so that each team member is qualified and has the right interpersonal skills to fit in with the team.
What is Team Culture?
The word “culture” gets thrown around. In an organization, the term describes the values a team has and how individual team members work together to reach a common goal. It also describes how team members treat each other.
There can be both positive and negative team cultures. A positive team culture brings out the best in each team member and ensures the team benefits the organization. A negative team culture can be detrimental to the team and the organization by not accepting every team member or even participating in harmful discriminatory activities.
People are the most defining features of a team culture. If the people you hire have the values you seek, such as working hard and collaborating, they will encourage a positive team culture. On the other hand, individuals who cut corners, are ego-driven, or do not work well with others can quickly bring down your whole culture.
How to Develop a Cultural Strategy
The best IT teams have a well-defined culture that empowers each team member to perform at their best and contribute to the business’s success.
Here are some ways to develop a positive culture, whether you are just getting started with hiring or you have a team in place already that needs some nurturing.
1. Define team objectives
A common challenge IT teams face is not having a clear idea of how their work impacts the organization. Often, they are simply given orders and expected to fulfill them as quickly as possible.
The most successful IT teams understand why they are being asked to do something and how their work contributes to the organization’s success. This insight can help IT teams make more informed decisions about how to perform their functions to improve the results they deliver.
Collaboration is essential in any positive team environment. Think of major league sports teams. They may have one or two stars on the team, but even those stars need their teammates’ support to win games.
An IT team should operate the same way. There’s no room for egos in a team environment. Everyone has something valuable to contribute, and every voice should be heard when working on a project. At the same time, every teammate needs to trust each other and know they can turn to each other for help with a problem.
3. Provide resources
Even a team of all-stars won’t get much accomplished if they don’t have the support or resources they need to do their job. Leaders should regularly check in with their teams to see what support they need and how they can help them reach their goals.
Don’t assume that the team has everything they need to be successful and don’t expect a team to perform at a high level when they don’t have enough supplies, money, or leadership support.
Developing a strategy to create a positive team culture is essential for IT leadership. A great IT team will efficiently and effectively work together to solve problems and find solutions to the organisation’s challenges.