The Benefits of Developing Strong Work Teams
Many are familiar with the concept of teams. If you have ever played or watched a sport, you know that a team that works well together is essential for success. But what does that mean for the workplace?
Work Teams are growing in popularity as more organizations are expanding globally, flattening out their organizational structures, and are faced with increasingly complex tasks. Because of this flattening of structure, organizations are able to respond faster, adapting quickly to constant and rapid changes. These quick responses allow for organizations to remain competitive, making work teams valuable assets.
What makes work teams different from ordinary work groups is the level of interdependence. Work teams must coordinate activities and work together in order to achieve their goal or mission. Because of this interdependence, work teams are more cohesive and lend support to their fellow teammates when necessary or able. Below are just a few additional benefits/results of developing strong work teams.
- Greater productivity. Because everyone is working together towards a common goal or mission, the result is generally a more productive group of workers.
- More effective use of resources. Again because work teams are so interdependent in working towards their goal, there are less resources being utilized or wasted.
- Better decisions and problem solving. As the saying goes, two heads (or 4 or 5) and better than one. Groups, generally, can perform better than individuals when everyone is free to contribute their own opinions and ideas, with everyone working together to find the best solution for the entire group and not just themselves. This is a natural occurrence in work teams due to their interdependence.
Whether work teams are face-to-face or virtual, in order for work teams to be successful, the organizational culture must support member involvement. However, with all the benefits of work teams, it’s hard to believe any culture would not be supportive.
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