Team Building: A Process For Increasing Workgroup Effectiveness

More often team building is a vague and misused terms that managers call as a panacea for inactive work unit performance. The building of a team is an ongoing cyclical process. Its purpose is to develop effective work group that largely depends upon the assessment of gathered information. It resolves the following issues:

1.  Interpersonal Distrust and Conflict

A lack of communication, trust and supportiveness slow down the daily abilities of a group to get the work done as well as resolves the conflicts that arise since the group makes decisions collectively. One way to combat this is to focus on improved interpersonal skills and work problems which are necessary for the team to work more effectively and inter-dependently to accomplish the task. It is basically a concerted effort to get the desired outcomes and uncover mutual needs.

2.  Lack of Expected Performance Outcomes and Clear Goals

Team Building model can be directly impactful on establishing workgroup goals that affect both the team and individual efforts and behaviour. It leads to specified goals, clear vision of the work and overall performance outcome of the entire group.

3.  Lack of Clear Roles & Leadership

A team doesn’t work without a leader and Team Building enhances more on the roles and responsibilities of the one who will lead the team. When leadership issues arise, group meetings can be held where members of the team discuss and clarify the roles and responsibilities of each member.

Apart from these there are ample activities taken up by the members of a team that act as a stimulating problem solvers and thereby help them to develop abilities to work effectively together. Such activities are often used in presentation, meetings, training seminars, workshops, corporate trainings, educational programs in collaboration with college, high schools, elementary and pre-school, youth work, teacher training, sports teams and correctional settings.

Team Building process requires structured experiences and events that can be repeated over time and such that have been formulated to help the team build and sustain an effective, cohesive and high-performing work team. This process offers team members a way to observe and analyze their behaviour and activities that obstruct their effectiveness and to establish and execute the course of action to overcome the recurring problems.

This process impacts several levels of the organization. First, the individuals of the team become more sensitive towards their behaviour that affects the effective functioning of the team. More self-awareness leads to severe changed behavioral patterns. For instance, if pointed out by the team leader that he/she is not active in the group and does not contribute in the decision making may provide impetus to adopt a participative lifestyle.

Second, for team members to realize that better and different approaches exist in the way the team operates and functions. Third, it affects the relationship of the team with the rest of the organization. For example, a team member might not use any other part of the organization as a scapegoat to hide his/her inefficiency.

Team Building process ultimately offer valuable results if done and executed properly.

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