The Team Lights — How to Avoid Conflicts in Your Team


Have you ever woken up on a bad day and just realized you don’t wanna talk to your teammates? The last thing you wish on your day is someone making fun with you, right? Even during some good days, you can be down by some bad news. It happens to everyone, and that’s exactly why companies should care more about individual feelings and the effects of each others’ relations.

First things first, according to some studies

One of the biggest problems in the companies nowadays are personal problems of their employees.

It means that the bad relationship between coworkers can be harmful to the company’s success. How can you as a leader improve that interaction between your team without taking their personal problems to the company workspace?

The Team Lights

The system is basically a badge, a sign, or anything that anyone can view (in our case it’s the Slack status) that indicates how he/she is feeling at the day. As the name Team Lights suggests it can be: Red, Yellow, or Green.

Slack status
Slack status
I’m yellow just to take this screenshot haha

To sum up, the 3 colors meaning are:

  • Green I’m great. Let’s have some fun.
  • Yellow I’m ok. Let’s talk mainly about work.
  • Red I’m not well. Only talk to me if it’s really necessary.
We have now a mid-Yellow and mid-Red, but it’s optional

It is quite simple, there’s not much to explain about the system. I’m going to talk a little bit about how to start and the benefits of using it.

How to start

Daily trigger

This is our daily trigger at 10 AM

Keep everyone in

We have experienced it here, one by one stopped updating their profile until one day, during one of our weekly meetings I strongly said that everyone must use it every day and if during the week they don’t keep it updated I would remove it next week. Then, after it, they kept their status up to date, but you don’t need to wait that long, try to recognize it as soon as possible, and do your best to motivate each one in your team.



To sum up

This is a work in progress, so if you think I forgot anything, or if I’m wrong in any aspect, drop me feedback, I really appreciate an honest message.

Also, feel free to contact me if you need help, I’ll be more than happy to help.
Thanks for reading.

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