Google Spent 2 Years Studying 180 Teams—the Successful Ones Had These 5 Traits

Updated 07/20/17

In the realm of professional challenges, building an innovative, collaborative, and well-rounded team undoubtedly tops the list. Between hiring the right people for the job and creating the right work environment that fosters both creativity and productivity, there's admittedly a lot of room for error. For some clarity on the subject, Google's People Operations department sought to answer one simple question: What makes a team effective?

Over the course of two years, they conducted over 200 interviews with Google employees and analyzed over 250 attributes of 180 teams at their company, reports Inc. Put simply, "Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions," reads their report on the Google blog. Explained in their own words, the following five traits served as the backbone of all successful teams:

1. Psychological safety: Can we take risks on this team without feeling insecure or embarrassed?

2. Dependability: Can we count on each other to do high-quality work on time?

3. Structure and clarity: Are goals, roles, and execution plans on our team clear?

4. Meaning of work: Are we working on something that is personally important for each of us?

5. Impact of work: Do we fundamentally believe that the work we're doing matters?

Head over to Google's blog for more, and add your own two cents on successful teams below.

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