Effective Teams in the Workplace
More organizations now embrace the notion of teams in the workplace. When they work well, teams can enhance problem solving and creativity skills. Teamwork in a corporation is an effective option by choosing the right people, creating an objective and establishing a strategy to reach that goal.
Choosing the right people to be on your team is as important as the goal you are trying to achieve. It is important to have the right number of people on the team so that everyone’s ideas are heard and that the burden of completing the goal doesn’t becomes unrealistic.
The people on your team need to be reliable and trustworthy. They need to be competently trained so that they can perform the tasks assigned to them, and they need to be responsible and accountable for the work they are contributing to the team.
Each member of the team needs to be flexible and respectful of the opinions and ideas of other members. They need to know that they can’t complete the task without the help of each member of the team. “The good of many outweighs the good of the one.” (The Business Journal, 2001)
Every good team needs to have a leader to direct them. The leader needs to encourage the team to feel a sense of empowerment about the work, and help to keep the team in a cohesive environment.
Once there is an established team, the members need to set clear objectives. The members need to define what the team needs to accomplish. There needs to be clarification of the goals and purposes of the team, and each person’s individual role, so that each team member can succeed.
Once the objectives of the team have been established, members can compare ideas and decided how they would like to proceed. Should any problems arise, the members can analyze the situations, and decide what the appropriate course of action should be. The team needs to consider and evaluate alternative courses of action, and select from among the solutions that the...