A major contributor to happiness at work is team work; and here’s what Google found works best…

A major contributor to happiness at work is team work; and here’s what Google found works best…

We’d all love to be happy or happier at work.

And happiness at work has been found to be extremely beneficial to individuals, teams and organisations.

Various factors contribute to happiness at work but one of the more significant is team work, and/or the quality of our workplace relationships.

Not that long ago, Google concluded a years long study in to this and reported some very interesting findings…

via Inc.com by Robin Camarote

Google’s been up to more than just tweaking the algorithm. In addition to running the core search engine, the technology company explores thousands of new ideas at any one time. Because of their continuous improvement culture, Google is much more than a technology company. They’re an incubator for all kinds of ideas of how we work.

Their success and size has afforded them the opportunity to explore the frontiers of employee productivity, work/life balance, and diversity. And, it seems they’ve been pretty generous in sharing their findings. They recently concluded years of internal research on the effectiveness of teams referred to as Project Aristotle.

When I first heard about the study, I was interested but didn’t have high expectations. There has been so much written and said about the importance of teams and the increasing reliance on teams that I couldn’t imagine there was much more to say.

From my own personal, and sometimes raw experiences, I know teams are important. I see that we can’t help but form teams at work. Teams are, at once, highly desired and inescapable. We crave the comradery of the good ones and count down the days when we can break up with the bad ones.

Being a part of the team is an amazing, satisfying feeling. Few other professional accomplishments mean as much as when your team succeeds after slogging through a tough problem and coming out the other side together. A good team challenges you and makes your work better than it would have been otherwise–and perhaps just as important–you share a gazillion laughs along the way.

As it turns out, one Yale MBA turned Google Project Aristotle team member, Julia Rozovsky, found a lot more to say on the topic. Rozovsky participated in the study to look at precisely what made some teams soar and others fall flat. She was motivated to do this research based on her past professional and educational experience. And after getting Google’s buy-in to study team effectiveness, Rozovsky and her colleagues hit on some surprising findings.

Basically, teams are really important yet all of the effort we put into matching up people based on skills and disposition doesn’t work. Instead, the key characteristics of successful teams were these shared team norms (or unspoken operating principles):

  • Everyone talks roughly the same among each other–without any one person having to monitor and control the dialogue. The distribution of “talk time” happened naturally.
  • All of the team members had a higher than average ability to read other people’s emotions based on their facial expressions…

…keep reading the full & original article HERE