Finance and admin staff of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council Secretariat (CIMC); Institute of National Affairs (INA) and CIMC’s Family Sexual Violence Action Committee were given a refresher training on teamwork to enhance staff collaboration when performing their duties.
The in-house workshop on teambuilding delivered by the INA admin and finance manager Ms. Cathy Gairo was designed to help the INA, CIMC, and CIMC’s FSVAC finance and admin officers to understand the importance and effectiveness of teamwork and to provide the opportunity for them to reflect on how they can create a stronger and supportive collegial relationship to perform organisation duties.
Ms. Gairo emphasized that staff usually have little awareness of the skills and tools needed to nurture supportive collegial relationships.
“Leaders and managers are rarely prepared to understand the dynamics of team formation and staff motivation or respond appropriately to the emerging needs of a team,” she said.
“Too frequently, conflicts are either ignored or suppressed, attributed to individual differences and difficulties”.
“As a result, the internal team process can affect performance, leading to low productivity, low morale, and high staff turnover”.
However, with increased awareness of basic skills and tools for addressing common challenges, these dynamics can be turned into a source of continued team enhancement so the training is important for all members of a team, be it a department, project, or an entire organisation.
The training was delivered with a plenary presentation video explaining the power of teamwork; and paired interviews were conducted to find out how much staff know in terms of building teams, characteristics of effective teams, piecing together a team, and supporting team development.