Does Your Team Really Practice Teamwork?
The word “team” refers to a group of people that meet over time in order to complete a project and then wind up or a group operating solely as a team with the leadership role alternating. Here, we are using ‘team” as a synonym for “team work”. Though organizations group people into teams, these teams do not practice “team work”. Members talk to each other during a break or over lunch, but the majority of the work gets done as individuals, which cripples organizations as they grow bigger and bigger. When people work together in an environment of trust and accountability, they tend to put aside turf issues and politics and focus on the tasks at hand. This helps one identify new opportunities, overcome barriers, and builds a momentum that leads to the following three benefits: 1. Better problem solving 2. Greater productivity 3. More effective use of resources Sans the spirit of team work among employees, there will be no shared performance goals, no mutual accountability, and no joint work efforts which increase productivity. Now, what exactly are the benefits of team work?