There has been an increased demand for teamwork over the years in organizations and in business industries turning many employers to incorporate team building activities and group projects. Skills such as time management, interpersonal skills, problem-solving, and communication are essential for effective teamwork. Teamwork aims to achieve creativity, productivity, great cohesion at the workplace, and high levels of support and commitment. Teamwork success is mainly affected by the employer’s and the employees’ attitude in an organization and resistance from either side.
Over the last holiday, I was part of a data entry team, and our main work was to collect, analyze, and record data in a specific area of residence. We were eight members, teamed up by our employer to perform the job. We decided to split up into two more groups; one would work on collecting and analyzing the data while the other recorded to ensure work delivery on time. Problems started when some of the team members opposed to the idea of teamwork. Some wanted the work split to individual levels due to strained relationships between team members and conflicts. We had an understanding employer who brought everyone together through reconciliation and formed a good working relationship between members enabling progress on the team’s objectives.
We established clear goals, had a sense of mutual accountability, and defined an appropriate leadership structure. Each team had a leader, chosen by the team members, who was fully accountable for its behavior. Our team leaders clearly stated the reasons for participating in the teamwork. We aimed our strategy and plan at enhancing the principles, visions, and success of the work. Our willingness to seeing the success of the mission was the main reason our teamwork was a success. The leaders involved team members in either the analysis or the collection of data. There were no favors portrayed by the leaders, and that made everyone feel equal. Our leaders challenged us to outdo ourselves and inspired us into enthusiasm and commitment at work. Improving the work environment is essential for team success since it reduces dysfunctional behavior.
Team members must possess the requisite knowledge to address emerging issues. They may need to acquire extra training, such as problem-solving skills, to allow them to work effectively. The training was essential in our teamwork since most of the issues we encountered we were able to resolve without involving our team leaders. The main reason our cooperation succeeded was the resources needed to accomplish our objectives were available. The leaders ensured all the data was available in the files, and that made our work easier. They ensured we had access to computers and the internet. That showed that our leaders and the organization trusted us to provide us with all the data we needed.
Timely employee recognition is among the most important forms of feedback. It positively affects confidence in one’s ability to do well at the workplace of work. Our leaders put clear criteria in place and would recognize anyone who met the requirements. The recognition given provided fairness and clarity. The distinction made most of the members dedicated to their specific work hence promoted productivity
The ability to manage a team is one of the skills an employer is supposed to possess. Supporting and implementing teamwork in organizations needs the fundamental organizational changes from the employers to the team members. Effective collaboration depends on leadership competence and the ability to address problems at hand in time.