20 years ago there was a lot of hoo haa around the word team and team based organisations. There were the mockers of the word “team,” and there were the doubters that threw the word on the “business fad” heap, and yet here we are 20 years on and we can point to evidence that a team-based organisational structure can be a force to be reckoned with. Are team-based organisational structures are an effective way to run a business? Heres a short list outlining 6 key points why a team based structure is an effective way to work - especially in these roller coaster times.
1. Team based structures foster Creativity and Learning
Creativity thrives when people work together on a team. Brainstorming ideas as a group prevents same old viewpoints that often come out of working solo. Combining unique perspectives from each team member creates more effective solutions.
Teamwork also maximises shared knowledge in the workplace and helps you learn new skills you can use for the rest of your career.
Collaborating on a project creates an enthusiasm for learning that solitary work usually lacks. Being able to share discoveries with the rest of your team excites employees and fosters both individual and team knowledge.
2. Build and blend Complementary Strengths
Working together lets employees build on the talents of their teammates. While your strength may be creative thinking, a coworker might shine in organisation and planning. By blending these strengths together teams achieve better outcomes in shorter time frames.
Team members are also encouraged to try out new strengths and build them.
3. Absolutely builds Trust
Relying on other people builds trust, and teamwork establishes strong relationships with coworkers. Despite occasional disagreements, an effective team enjoys working together and shares a strong bond. When you put your trust in a coworker, you are establishing the foundation of a relationship that can endure minor conflicts.
Trusting your teammates also provides a feeling of safety that allows ideas to emerge. It helps employees open up and encourage each other. Open communication is key when working on a team and produces effective solutions in difficult group projects.
No more silent sabotaging, no more sneaky meetings after the meeting. Great teams build each other up and strengthen individual members. By working together, employees learn that wins and losses affect everyone on the team.
4. Teaches Conflict Resolution Skills
Conflicts inevitably happens when you put together a group of unique people. Employees come from varied backgrounds and have different work styles and habits. While these unique viewpoints create the most successful work, they can also generate resentment that quickly turns into conflict.
When conflict arises effective teams resolve the conflicts themselves and empower their people.
5. Promotes a Wider Sense of Ownership
A team based structure encourage everyone to feel proud of their contributions. Tackling obstacles and creating notable work together makes people feel fulfilled. Working toward achieving company goals allows people to feel connected to the company. This builds loyalty, leading to a higher level of job satisfaction among employees.
Teamwork allows people to engage with the company and add to the bigger picture.
6. Encourages Healthy Risk-Taking
In the traditional top down model quite often people wont stick their neck out for fear of failure or worse. In a team based structure decisions are made as a team and therefore risks and responsibilities are shared as a team. As are wins.
Working as a team allows team members to take more risks, as they have the support of the entire group to fall back on in case of failure. Conversely, sharing success as a team is a bonding experience.