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:
- 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?
- 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?
Check out Effective Teams Part 3: How to Influence Team Norms