Team Building With Big Data

Your Team Building Efforts Just Got Easier With People-Focused Data

Putting together a successful team is often an unscientific guessing game. You may tend to choose a couple of highteam building achievers, an administrative workhorse and a technical wiz to round out the team, then fill in with specific skills that you need. Good team building, though, doesn’t have to be a guessing game or a reunion of the same, reliable people you always choose.

Big Data impacts all areas of business now, so don’t be surprised that it’s also your ticket to successful team building. Here are the steps you should follow when putting together a team, whether it’s a special project team or a permanent group for working company objectives:

Define the objectives. What do you want your team to do? Is there a defined project in place, or do you need to spend some time carefully detailing the expectations of this group of people? Don’t skimp in this area. You can’t possible get the right people in place without knowing exactly what you want the outcome of the team to be.

To build a team, look at data. Organizations used to hire based on a resume and interview skills, but only because that’s all there was. Don’t miss out on the important contribution that Big Data has made to talent management. You no longer need to guess at team building.

Instead, you have access to copious amounts of data on any potential or existing employee when you ask them to participate in a behavioral assessment. This tool gives you critical information about how an individual will behave in a given situation, how they’ll fit in with your company culture and what type of position will be a perfect fit for them.

For a change, ignore the loudest voice. It’s normal for a manager to have an employee or two that informs their decisions, a valuable truth-teller that helps you find out what really goes on with your team. While a trusted employee is generally an asset when it comes to a variety of situations, team building may not be one of them. Your star informer may have had a lot of influence in the past over who was on a particular team, but it’s not necessarily helping you.

Your high-performing employees have some biases and make assumptions like everyone else. This is where it’s valuable to lean on objective data to make team building decisions. A data-driven assessment gives you straightforward information without any concern that there’s an ulterior motive to an endorsement.

Don’t forget to measure the experience, too. When a special project is finished or a team is dissolved for organizational reasons, make sure you find out how well it went. Were your employees satisfied with the team’s productivity and communication styles? Compare the results to your objectives that you started with, and determine whether the team was successful in meeting those expectations.

PI Consulting Group’s PI System is a behavioral assessment that helps you build teams informed by objective data. When you’re ready to take your company to the next level, make sure you get the expertise of PI Consulting Group.