Effective Teams Part 2: Examples of Team Norms

Team norms are basically relationship guidelines that develop gradually. Team members develop particular ways of interacting with each other over time until those habits become behavioral expectations. A team can have high performance norms or low performance norms… in addition to norms around things other than performance… such as communication, decision-making, or dealing with conflict. Here are several examples of some common team norms:

Decisions

Meetings

  • What is the structure of team meetings?
  • When is it acceptable to miss a meeting?
  • How do we encourage participation?
  • When, how often, and for how long do we meet?
  • Who keeps minutes?
  • Who leads the meeting?

Project Management

  • What is the definition of quality work?
  • Do we strive for excellence or mediocrity?
  • How strictly do we adhere to deadlines?
  • Is creativity encouraged?
  • Who leads the completion of the project?
  • What are the roles and boundaries?
  • Do we help each other out? To what extent?

Conflict

Interpersonal

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Eva Rykrsmith

Eva Rykrsmith is an organizational psychology practitioner. Her passion lies in bringing a psychology perspective to the business world, with the mission of creating a high-performance environment. Follow her @EvaRykr.

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