Why does a positive emotional climate lead to creativity and innovation?

A positive team vibe is essential for team success

A positive team vibe is essential for team success

A positive team vibe or emotional climate* is essential for team success. Perhaps you haven’t thought about this? But it is a characteristic of high performing teams.

A positive, engaging workplace provides psychological safety and helps develop team commitment. It helps people to speak up and collaborate and take risks together. The result: a team works well together. Other people also notice and are attracted by the warm atmosphere. A positive team vibe makes for popularity.

Teams create their emotional climate through a shared history, their work context and members’ characteristics.

Surprisingly, almost every team, even those in highly regulated call centres (as in our research study*) are creative to some degree. Opportunities for creativity, for example, open up when dealing with uncertain customer problems and inquiries.

Often such complex customer interactions are satisfied best when the team involved collaborates. Successful teams lay the groundwork for responding to such uncertainty by their use of positive emotions such as joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe and love (see my previous blog post for more information about these http://ow.ly/Lv6GQ ).

Positive emotions help us open up and also make us receptive to new ideas and experiences. They encourage our interest in connecting with other people and provide us with the resources to strengthen personal resilience. A positive team climate raises productivity.

Here are five actions you can take to build a positive emotional climate in your team:

  1. Use positive emotions consciously to help develop the feeling that people are a part of their team and their organisation
  2. Make it safe for people to speak up and influence decision making
  3. Show clearly that people are treated evenly
  4. Provide opportunities for people to learn and master new skills – and to share these with other team members
  5. Address interpersonal conflicts, and conflict between different teams

*Peralta, C.F. et al. (2015) Innovation processes and team effectiveness: The role of goal clarity and commitment, and team affective tone, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, vol 88, part 1, March

Reach us at 07779 345 499, m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk

Marjorie Raymond

Marjorie Raymond

T: 07779 345 499

E: m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk

We have experience in developing senior managers and their team members – both on an individual and team level – so they can develop practical approaches that encourage positive, constructive behaviour. This, in turn, leads to the development of positive beliefs and values. We are ready work with you, to help you get the best out of your people.

Here are some examples of approaches that can be used and tailored to your individual needs:

  • Special projects, secondments and assignments
  • Mediation, to address workplace conflict
  • Personal development activities
  • Individual and group coaching…Coaching – a powerful way of developing people
  • Psychometric assessment, which can identify strengths as well as derailing behaviours and also include 360 degree feedback
  • Structured module for understanding the psychological contracts in your organisation, both at an individual or team level

Straight Talking: …Straight Talking create change through conversations

Photo by stockimages. Published on 19 January 2014

Top tips about how to use Job-crafting to personalise and advance employee engagement

Involve as many of your people as we practically can.

Collaborative team job-crafting positively advances employee engagement and team performance

Compliance to best practice, and especially LEAN principles, demand tight control of work practices to secure efficiency. However, sometimes ‘best practice’ may lack specific contextual relevance. This may result in work lacking in meaning, organisations experiencing low employee engagement that adversely impacts performance.

 

However, researchers1 studying three call centres found that when supervisors support their teams to make informal adjustments to procedures and processes, known as ‘job-crafting’, this resulted in higher employee engagement and team performance. Job-crafting met team needs for control and helped make their work meaningful. Researchers also revealed that job-crafting built connections with other team members and aided collaboration between teams. So, how did job-crafting work in the 3 call centres studied?

The researchers received two surprises:

  • call centre teams – notoriously low in control – were capable of complying both with standardised LEAN approaches and job-crafting. For example, after a customer call, during ‘wrap up’ to complete actions and update records, job-crafting allowed individuals and teams to experiment and try new approaches
  • team supervisors actively supported individual and team job-crafting. They helped target and set boundaries around tasks and procedures that were available to be job-crafted.

The researchers recommended 5 things that firms should do:

1. Develop supervisor practices to foster team job-crafting

2. Encourage and support supervisors to foster team social and task cohesion

3. Create a climate that encourages experimentation and sharing of new working methods and document them

4. Provide boundaries and develop areas within which team job-crafting can take place and encourage it – talk about it- share it

5. Undertake team training to help teams to think widely about the kind of issues where job-crafting would be suitable.

Call centre supervisors and managers need to recognise the benefits from targeted team based job-crafting.

1 McClelland, G.P., Leach, D.J., Clegg, C.W., McGowan, I. (2014) Collaborative crafting in call centre teams, Journal of Occupational Psychology, 87, 464-486

Reach us at 07779 345 499, m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk

Marjorie Raymond

Marjorie Raymond

T: 07779 345 499

E: m.raymond@mwrconsulting.co.uk

We have experience in developing senior managers and their team members – both on an individual and team level – so they can develop practical approaches that encourage positive, constructive behaviour. This, in turn, leads to the development of positive beliefs and values. We are ready work with you, to help you get the best out of your people.

Here are some examples of approaches that can be used and tailored to your individual needs:

  • Special projects, secondments and assignments
  • Mediation, to address workplace conflict
  • Personal development activities
  • Individual and group coaching…Coaching – a powerful way of developing people
  • Psychometric assessment, which can identify strengths as well as derailing behaviours and also include 360 degree feedback
  • Structured module for understanding the psychological contracts in your organisation, both at an individual or team level
  • Straight Talking: …Straight Talking create change through conversations