Establishing Team Norms

Agreeing on team behaviors is not only important for high performance, but it can help lay the foundations for psychological safety. The Saberr platform provides exercises for defining team norms, as well as both templates and resources to help managers embed these behaviors into day-to-day practice.
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How Saberr builds the habit of team behaviours

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Identify desired behaviours, as a team

While managers will often lead discussions around setting team norms, they cannot impose them. Saberr’s interactive exercise has been designed to enable teams to collaboratively discuss both positive and negative team behaviors, in order to agree on a set of desired behaviors, for example meeting norms.

Establish a strong foundation of trust

By defining group norms within Saberr, team members not only lay the foundations for healthy conflict and psychological safety, but they also establish trust which can lead to better performance outcomes, team satisfaction and team cohesion.
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Example of team behaviours for an HR Leadership team

Create visibility with a team charter

Set out the governing principles for each team with a team charter. In turn, managers can ensure both clarity and alignment around the boundaries and expectations of their teams, while also using Saberr’s interactive exercise to ensure these behaviors are in line with the organization’s values.

Improve accountability and responsibility

Having a shared, documented set of behavioral norms can give team members the confidence to flag behaviors that are outside of these norms, and more importantly ask why it’s happening, without fear of negative consequences. This in turn helps to improve psychological safety.
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Illustration of a development check-in about team behaviours

Embed team behaviors in day-to-day practice

Team norms provide guidance on how teams should behave, which means that they should be embedded in day-to-day practice. Saberr’s templates support managers with reviewing these behaviors in both performance and development check-ins with their teams.

Develop a feedback culture

By encouraging a coaching culture within your organization, you not only help develop a growth mindset where individuals want to develop and grow, but you empower them to ask for feedback. By setting out guidelines for providing this feedback within your team norms, individuals can feel more certainty about the type of feedback they can give.
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Resources for establishing team behaviors

It won’t take long to see the results

When managers and teams use Saberr for just 1½ hours a month, there is an average increase of...

+22%

team performance

+12%

employee engagement

+43%

psychological safety

Establishing team norms is just one of the seven habits of effective teamwork.

Regular One-to-ones

Regular one-to-one meetings are crucial for improving performance, eliminating roadblocks and strengthening relationships. Saberr not only facilitates these conversations, but we also improve the quality of them and drive better outcomes.

Effective team meetings

A cadence of regular team meetings is crucial for ensuring both team alignment and productivity. The Saberr platform not only enables this, but we ensure that every meeting is optimized to make the best use of everyone’s time.

Connecting to your purpose

High performing teams have a clear purpose that they focus on. Saberr not only helps your teams to create a compelling purpose statement, but we also help you align this purpose with team goals to ensure it’s embedded into everyone's work.

Setting and reviewing goals

Get the very best from your teams with the ability to set goals and review their progress with Saberr. Equip your managers with the tools to have coaching conversations that provide clarity, boost productivity and drive better performance outcomes.

Regular retrospectives

Regular team retrospectives are important for keeping team’s productive, informed and engaged. The Saberr platform not only facilitates these retrospective meetings, but it also provides managers with templates and resources to ensure these meetings are being run both effectively and efficiently.

Feedback on behaviours

Agreeing on team behaviors is not only important for high performance, but it can help lay the foundations for psychological safety. Saberr provides exercises for defining team norms, as well as both templates and resources to help managers provide feedback and embed these behaviors into day-to-day practice.

Periodic team health checks

Whether your teams are going through a change in direction, have unhealthy conflict, are experiencing a change in team composition, or simply aren’t performing at the top of their game, Saberr not only provides you with the tools, resources and exercises to check each team’s health, but to also resolve their problems.
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Regular One-to-ones

Regular one-to-one meetings are crucial for improving performance, eliminating roadblocks and strengthening relationships. Saberr not only facilitates these conversations, but we also improve the quality of them and drive better outcomes.

Effective team meetings

A cadence of regular team meetings is crucial for ensuring both team alignment and productivity. The Saberr platform not only enables this, but we ensure that every meeting is optimized to make the best use of everyone’s time.

Connecting to your purpose

High performing teams have a clear purpose that they focus on. Saberr not only helps your teams to create a compelling purpose statement, but we also help you align this purpose with team goals to ensure it’s embedded into everyone's work.

Setting and reviewing goals

Get the very best from your teams with the ability to set goals and review their progress with Saberr. Equip your managers with the tools to have coaching conversations that provide clarity, boost productivity and drive better performance outcomes.

Regular retrospectives

Regular team retrospectives are important for keeping team’s productive, informed and engaged. The Saberr platform not only facilitates these retrospective meetings, but it also provides managers with templates and resources to ensure these meetings are being run both effectively and efficiently.

Feedback on behaviours

Agreeing on team behaviors is not only important for high performance, but it can help lay the foundations for psychological safety. Saberr provides exercises for defining team norms, as well as both templates and resources to help managers provide feedback and embed these behaviors into day-to-day practice.

Periodic team health checks

Whether your teams are going through a change in direction, have unhealthy conflict, are experiencing a change in team composition, or simply aren’t performing at the top of their game, Saberr not only provides you with the tools, resources and exercises to check each team’s health, but to also resolve their problems.
Learning content icon

Read more...

Read more about the seven habits of highly effective teams on our blog.

Including free exercises, templates and guides on how you can embed them into your organisation.

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