What do Teams Have to do With Work?
Posted on August 9, 2012 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
The word “team” is often associated with sports. We often think of a soccer team or basketball team. The word is meant to describe a group of individuals working together to win a game. This does not mean that all teams are free of challenges and obstacles.
Just as sports teams have difficult situations to face and have to overcome personality differences, the same can be said for work teams. Some individuals are quite competitive in nature and want to “win” at all costs. In regards to work, winning can take a different turn. Winning can be cut throat and can result in hurt feelings among coworkers and employees.
Most of us have been placed on a team for either a project in school or at work. In these situations, I’m sure most of us have experienced tension at some point due to a difference of opinion or personality clashes. Not every individual approaches teamwork in the same way. However, the end result should be the same for all team members.
What can happen been teams at work don’t get along? Employees can start pulling away from the group and creating their own separate teams. This only increases the competition and creates a hostile work environment with the “us” versus “them.” Our 2011 global panel revealed that 67% of employees feel as though they are part of a team at work.
What can organizations do to foster positive teams? For starters, managers and leaders should be careful in selecting teams. Think about each individual employee and make a list of his or her strengths and weaknesses. Also consider the personality of each employee and what conditions each employee works best at. When placing individuals into teams take these characteristics into consideration and match individuals that will benefit from one another.
Does it end there? Definitely not! Just because teams have been formed with caution does not mean that problems will not arise. As a manager or leader, it is your duty to help facilitate issues that teams may come across. After all, every team needs a strong coach!