TEAM WORK Teamwork is defined as “a joint action by a group of people”, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group. Teamwork is the act of working together and putting in joint efforts to achieve a common goal or mission. Importance of team work in achieving organizational goal 1. Team work makes you perform better and produce better result. In a team every member is responsible for success. It is a combination of strengths, covering up the individual weaknesses.
The strengths and weaknesses of team members are complemented. Hence the goal is achieved with the maximum efforts. 2. When there is brainstorm session to find a solution for a problem, there is high probability of obtaining many different and creative ideas. This effort enables the team to obtain many alternatives and implement the best action plan and assign the tasks to the people involved. 3. Teamwork helps individuals raise their self-esteem. Every team member feels important and needed. When each person is aware of his/her role and is part of a team, person gets a sense of belonging.
The person uses his/her talents maximum and creativity to do the best. 4. Teamwork promotes unity, rapport and bonding. When people working together are ready to give and take, help and support one another because the main focus is to accomplish their mission. All the team members have a common goal to achieve. 5. Teamwork helps individuals develop personal responsibility. Even though the main focus is the team’s goal, each person knows that he is accountable and is responsible to do his part or role. As a result every team member has accountability for the part of the task. . Team work leads to a higher quality output, some times more than desired level of output. 7. Enhances better decision making process in the favor of organizational effectiveness. 8. In teamwork people find it easy to learn new skills. They may even do their best and discover that they have abilities that they weren’t aware of. As result of which individual learns new things and acquire new skills. Problems faced by virtual team leaders. Virtual teams are used more and more by companies and other organizations to cut travel, relocation, real estate, and other business costs.
This is particularly done for businesses that use virtual organizations to build global There is one critical difference between other teams and virtual team. Team members communicate through special communication channels using modern technologies, such as e-mails, faxes, phone calls and teleconferences, virtual meetings. •Due to more limited communication channels, the success and effectiveness of virtual teams is much more sensitive •One of the most difficult challenges is when a team is working on the projects that are heavily dependent on sequence or integrated work, mostly in manufacturing.
In particular, when each person’s work depends much on what someone else is doing at the same moment, there is an ongoing heavy exchange of information in real time, and/or the tasks has to go through a strict sequence of workers within a short time. •Every individual can’t perform well in a virtual team environment. The members should be self motivated and able to work independently. They need to be able to keep working effectively without much of external control or structure. Unless the person shows clear results, there is nobody around to see how well the work activities are under progress. There is nobody to monitor on regular basis only results are to be evaluated at the end •Another critical factor is communication skills. The team member should be able to communicate clearly, constructively, and positively even through the more limited channels of technology. •Managers of virtual teams also need to pay much more attentions to maintaining clear goals, performance standards, and communication rules.
People have varying assumptions on what to expect from each other. •One of the biggest challenges of virtual teams is building and maintaining trust between the team members. The issue of trust needs special attention at any stage of team existence. Leader should takes following steps to handle the problems faced •To avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication in a virtual organization, it is important to be clear with rules and protocols that everyone understands and agrees upon, especially for communication. Make its compulsory for the all members to meet at least once a year to build trust among team members. •Recognize each team member’s motivational factors and encourage them. •Regularly monitor the progress of the work and intervene if required and suggest the changes immediately. •Encourage extensive communications on regular basis; the progress should be monitored individually as well as in group. Every member of the group should be aware of the progress of the overall project. •Set some standards of submissions specially projects with work on sequence to avoid overall delays of the projects. .