There are many tools to help make individuals and teams more effective, but what about pairs?

Organisations are increasingly seeing the benefits of colleagues working in twos.

For example, in the technique called Pair programming, two computer programmers work together, one (the “driver”) writing the code and the other (the “navigator”) reviewing the code and keeping an eye to the overall direction of the work. In Belbin Team Role terms, this allows the driver to play the Implementer and Specialist, whilst the navigator acts as Co-ordinator, Monitor Evaluator and Completer Finisher.

Working in pairs can allow the sharing of responsibility without overlapping or spoiling the proverbial broth with too many viewpoints. Additionally, some who might defer to others in the team meeting may have the confidence to voice their opinions when working closely with just one colleague.

So how do you place people in pairs? Belbin has a report designed especially to analyse working relationships between two people. It’s called the Working Relationship Report. Obviously there are a lot of other factors which may come into play, but the report provides some initial ideas, as well as some points for discussion.

Working Relationship Reports

If you have the Belbin Interplace Account you can generate as many of these reports as you like, free of charge!

A Belbin Working Relationship Report will highlight the differences between two people, and takes into account their professional relationship i.e. you can choose to place one as the manager of the other or both as colleagues!  It includes some questions to be considered if those two individuals are working together.

These reports can also help to overcome potential conflict between two co-workers. The use of the Belbin language allows them to understand differences and develop a working strategy.

To generate a Working Relationship Report, both of the individuals will need to complete a Self-Perception Inventory in the first instance and ideally have asked for Observer Assessments. You can produce these reports via View/Print Reports then select Working Relationship.

Give it a go – as an Interplace Account holder they’re free!

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