12 Examples of Team Norms to Help You Create a High-Performing Team

What are Group/Team Norms?

Team norms are the basic ground rules for civil discussion among coworkers that should 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 in the right.

What are the major benefits of team norms?

  1. Avoid dysfunction: The most famous components of any dysfunctional team are as follows:
  • Lack of commitment
  • Absence of trust
  • Fear of conflict
  • Avoidance of accountability

So, what should be the team norms?

Well, first of all, team norms are different from company to company. So, don’t think that you are going to get pizza if a person is late, just because your friend’s company has that policy.

Here are some examples of group norms that can make a team more High-Performance oriented and hardworking:

1. Advanced Agenda

To make a performance-oriented team, you should first and foremost, let them work and not waste their time with regular pointless meeting every day. If your company policy still requires meetings to be held then an advanced agenda rule should be implemented. Is this more work? Exactly, that’s the point.

2. Advanced Reports and Presentations

3. Two-Pizza Rule

This is an amazing team norm which was made famous by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. This rule is an effective team norm that lowers the attendance of any meetings to a bare minimum of people, who can be fed by two pizzas.

4. Allow Constructive Silence

Most companies are lenient and have a cooler working environment that isn’t stressful at all. But some of the companies that make their employees nervous because of strict norms can often push them to the point where they just start blabbing nonsense suggestions and ideas. This is not productive.

5. Be Self Aware

This is a difficult norm to follow but it is needed if the company is large and there isn’t enough time to take every employee’s suggestions into account. This restricts the suggestions or input to just the most vital or the most important because you can easily be called out because of your incompetence.

6. Celebrate accomplishments

7. Honor Expertise

When you are a part of a team, you know that some of the team members are more skilled in certain things and some in others. High performing teams have a trait, that they discuss strategies to get the work done more efficiently and not get bogged down with ego issues that a senior member or a hard-working member of the team can do anything, even if it’s not their forte.

8. Use a project management system

Every high-performance team has an important trait in their arsenal and that is transparency. Everything should be open which encourages the team members to be true to their work and not try to deceive the company or their team members.

9. Limit the use of technology during meetings

It can be permanent or during high-intensity meetings, but this norm is very useful because it helps to stop any distractions during meetings because of a phone call or a notification sound when the whole team is in the middle of something very important.

10. Greet People

On the lighter side, such team norms are an amazing tactic to boost up the energy in the room. Greeting new people entering the room with a hearty welcome or an energetic “Heyoo!” can make all the difference in the world if the meeting is about to get intense or even on just a regular day.

11. Speak Positively

Another norm to properly follow is to engage in positivity once you step inside the office and even in your personal life. Spreading an aura of positivity can make you be more approachable to your team members which will help in the team working more efficiently with each other.

12. Listen carefully and never interrupt

You should NEVER EVER interrupt anyone mid-sentence because that is basically the worst thing ever in an office space. You should always listen to whatever the other person is saying, even if you disagree with those things. When you are interrupting someone, mid-sentence, you are basically saying things like:

  • I’m not listening to you; I’m just waiting to speak because I’m already thinking about what to say next.
  • My idea is more important than yours and I’m not going to wait any longer to say it.

Conclusion

Team norms are the first step to make teamwork more effective, but without consequences, they are not that effective. Still, these protocols will create a healthy environment for your team that will help them to perform brilliantly and without any fear of being judged.

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