Groups and Teams
Groups and teams; what are the differences? Which comes first, the group or the team? I will be discussing the differences between the group and the team. I will explain which of the two develop from the other. I will also be discussing the effect that groups and teams have on the effects of workplace diversity in an organization, as well as how they relate to team dynamics in the workplace.
What are the differences between groups and teams? Groups usually involve two or more people working together regularly to achieve common goals, whereas teams are groups of people who work actively to achieve a purpose for which they are all accountable (Schermerhorn, J., Hunt, J., & Osborn, R., (2008). Which came first the group or the team? Teams are forms of groups, but not all groups are teams. Organizations tend to have many more groups than they have teams (Brounstein, 2010). Again teams work continuously together, on a regular basis to work on many different issues that may arise, whereas groups are brought about to accomplish a particular task. Groups will usually disband after a proposed task is accomplished.
Groups and teams have many positive effects on the diversity of an organization. They benefit the organization by providing opportunities for the organization to branch out to many different projects at the same time. Groups have definite advantages over individual operated projects. Groups have more information than individuals alone usually have, mainly because there are more people in which to contribute information. Groups tend to accomplish assignments faster than do individuals; they are able to divide labor as well as take more chances than most individual ran assignments. Groups may divide into teams in order to save time. Finally, I believe that the best resource that groups supply and have an effect on an organization are the benefits that all members of the group receive by learning from one another.