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Team Work The Secret Behind Growth,Development and Initiatives

                           
In today’s world, almost everything is accomplished by teams. Large companies often use project teams that span the globe. Small companies use teams to ensure that their products and services reach their customers. Non‐profit organizations put teams together to accom- plish goals. Instructors teach and develop curriculum in teams, and work in teams with counselors, admin- istrators, and other academic employees.

Government workers from local to national levels work in teams. Aware of the importance of working with others, aca- demic institutions have increased the teamwork com- ponent of many courses, and students work together both in person and online to create documents, put together presentations, and complete projects.

The prime advantage to working in teams is the ability to combine skills and talents. An academic or work team benefits from a wide array of skills that no single student or employee could possess alone, from analytical skills to marketing skills to technical skills and everything in between. Complex projects at school or in the workplace demand all of these skills, especially when things need to get done in a specific time frame.

A team is a group of people who work together toward a common goal. Teams have defined membership (which can be either large or small) and a set of activities to take part in. People on a team collaborate on sets of related tasks that are required to achieve an objective. Each member is responsible for contributing to the team, but the group as a whole is responsible for the team’s success. Sports teams are a good example of how teams work.

For instance, a basketball team has individual players who each contribute toward the goal of winning a game. Similarly, in business settings most work is accomplished by teams of individuals who collaborate on activities with defined outcomes. Because teams are so prevalent in business organizations, it is important for employees to have the skills necessary to work effectively with others.

Organizations typically have many teams, and an individual is frequently a member of more than one team. Some teams are permanent and are responsible for ongoing activities. For instance, a team of nurses in a maternity ward provides medical services to new mothers. While patients come and go, the tasks involved in providing care remain stable. In other cases a team is formed for a temporary purpose: these are called
project teams and have a defined beginning and end point linked to achieving a particular one-time goal.

The Purpose of Teams Organizations form teams to accomplish tasks that are too large or complex for an individual to complete. Teams are also effective for work that requires different types of skills and expertise. For example, the development of new products involves understanding customer needs as well as how to design and build a product that will meet these needs. Accordingly, a new product-development team would include people with customer knowledge as well as designers and engineers.


Having opened the definition of teamwork,we shall now therefore give a cursory look at some salient and enhancing contributions toward the drastic accomplishments of numberless stated aims and objectives. Given this,it is, hence to affirm to the undisputable preceeding statement that the conglomeration of two or more parties however surround one or two objectives. In this regard Skills, talents, likes, and dislikes become significant. However, to operate most effectively on a team, you need to understand what you can contribute to a team. One way to do this is to identify your skills and talents. Talents. A talent is something you are born with. For example, you may be a nat- urally gifted artist who can draw easily or a writer who can communicate easily with words.

Although practice will allow you to grow in your areas of talent, whether you practice or not, you will always demonstrate a notable level of ability. In a similar vein, a skill is something that is learned and must be practiced to remain viable. For example, you may have learned to play the piano, but get rusty when you don’t practice.Or perhaps you learned a programming language in school, but haven’t used it in awhile, so you need to brush up on it. Let your teammates know what you’re good at so they can keep your skills and talents in mind as decisions are made about who will take on which task. The more your teammates know about what you can contribute, the more likely they are to use your knowledge and ex- perience, and benefit from your contributions.

Likewise, if you are aware of the talents and skills of your team- mates, you can use that information to make suggestions about how to divide up tasks. If you are assigned a task that is much more easily and effectively completed by an- other team member, for example, you can speak up and try to rearrange tasks in a more productive manner. Keep in mind that you will not always be able to do something you are good at, or something you like to do, with a team.

Ultimately the list and division of tasks will depend on the unique combination of what needs to be done, who is doing it, and when and how it needs to be done. In addition, the team leader will usually take the lead in assigning tasks, and needs to distribute them so team members are required to put in similar amounts of effort. However, having an understanding of skills and preferences will help teams and leaders make the most effective possible assignments.

Knowing what you like to do and don’t like to do is also a consideration when looking at how you might contribute to a team. Likes, You know what you like, whether or not you are good at it. A team may give you an opportunity to try things you’re interested in and enjoy. Even if you are not highly skilled in what you are tasked to do, by pairing up with someone more skilled on the team you can gain valuable experience. Remember, if you like doing something, you’re more likely to stick with it, and teams benefit from members with perseverance. Finally, dislike,It’s equally important to let your team know what you are not interested in.

This is especially important if you don’t want to do something you are good at, because teammates may assume you like doing it and assign you that duty. To avoid this, let your teammates know when you do not enjoy a particular task. That way, they may call upon you in emergencies to perform that task, but they will not ask you to do it all the time.
           
The critical exposition of some importance of teamwork:

Establishes Strong Relationships
Another huge benefit of teamwork is the establishment and development of strong relationships among co-workers. This helps them communicate more freely and openly, as well as encourage and motivate each other to work to their strengths and talents, which is key to the success of any organisation.

Generally speaking, being part of a team allows members to build trust and share a strong bond with each other, creating an environment where they feel comfortable trying new ways of doing things and asking questions about things they don’t understand. Without trust, the team is destined to fail and will inevitably crumble.

Improves Service

The importance of teamwork is not limited to the workplace but also to the service provided to customers.Generally speaking, people tend to shy away from companies with
unhappy employees and prefer doing business with organisations whose employees demonstrate a strong work ethic and team spirit. Teams that work well together are, therefore, essential in improving service and meeting the needs of customers.

 Allows Flexibility

Collaboration in the workplace may mean the added benefit of a more flexible work schedule, as members are generally cross-trained to cover for each other’s skills and strengths. In fact, this allows employees to plan their personal obligations (like childcare or doctor’s appointments, for example) with little disruption to projects while ensuring that important and fast-approaching deadlines are met. It’s also important to note that flexible working can help to improve productivity and develop a better work-life balance for employees.

Teaches Conflict Resolution Skills

No two employees are the same and polar-opposite personalities will clash in the workplace. They often have different habits and work styles, and this can frustrate one another. However, because each member of a team collectively works toward a common goal, they learn to resolve disagreements on their own for the sake of the project and their team. This is especially important in healthcare as it increases patient safety.

Advances your career

Finally, working as part of a team can help you advance your career. By collaborating with others at work, you’re exposed to their skill sets, can learn from them and expand your own skill set. Not only that but it also provides you with the prospect of building your professional network with alliances that can potentially lead to bigger and better opportunities further down the road.
It can also be an excellent opportunity to lead, which can help present yourself in a positive light in your next performance review as well as give your CV a boost and, consequently, give you a huge advantage over the competition.

Boosts Productivity

First things first, working within a team allows for the workload to be shared equally among members and distributed according to each member’s skills and strengths. With more hands on deck, tasks are completed faster and more efficiently, basically increasing productivity.
For example, if one employee has to deliver an important report within 24 hours but has a backlog of 72 hours’ worth of work, the end result will most likely be subpart. Worse, still, he might not even be able to finish it at all. However, if he were to collaborate with someone else, chances are the report will be delivered with plenty of time to spare.

Provides a Support Network

A strong team environment is essential for the success of any business, especially during difficult and challenging times when team members will help and rely on each other for support and guidance. This allows them to remain focused on the goal and they can complete projects more efficiently. Conversely, a stressed-out individual with a heavy workload working alone is at risk of becoming overwhelmed and making bad and costly decisions, as well as
burning out .

Encourages Innovation

Two heads are better than one, and this is especially true in the workplace. Teams are better able to produce more creative, innovative and practical solutions to problems than someone working alone.
When bouncing ideas off one another in a brainstorming session, employees tend to feel more confident about coming up with unique and more outside-the-box ideas. On the other hand, someone working alone will usually present the safer option to their manager.

 Improves Morale

When the workload is shared and members of a team collaborate, they can feel a greater sense of accomplishment when they complete a task and reach a goal that they would not have been able to achieve had they been working alone. This, combined with a sense of belonging, appreciation and recognition, can drastically improve employee self-esteem and morale. In turn, when employees find joy in their work and experience job satisfaction and less stress, companies see a drastically lowered turnover rate.


Collaboration of various skills

One of the greatest teamwork benefits is the collaboration of the various skills that the team brings together. It can result in creativity that the team can produce that individually they simply could not.


Drastic implementation of projects

Teams get results and projects completed much quicker than trying to accomplish it individually. Everyone uses his or her own skills in order to complete projects in a timelier fashion.

Introduction of new task

Teams work together by brainstorming on new tasks or projects in order to decide how best to complete it. In addition, they form a supportive environment for the team in which to complete the projects.

Less of workload

The workload seems less to the individuals on the team once it is delegated than if they had to do everything themselves. Therefore, there is reduced stress among teams that are working together, and there is more satisfaction knowing they are a part of a bigger project

Promotes Creativity

When employees work together in a group, they are often times able to collaborate together to brainstorm innovative and creative ideas to benefit the organization. Many organizations form diverse teams, which allow team members to draw from the experiences and abilities of one another. Diversity within teams is beneficial because different cultures approach problems and topics differently.

Provides Motivation

Team members working together in harmony are able to motivate one another. The sense of accomplishment received from working with a productive team increases employee morale and causes employees to desire to achieve greater success. Motivated employees benefit the company by providing excellent customer service and an increase in efficiency and productivity.

Builds Trust

Another advantage of teams within organizations is that working as a team can build trust among employees. Employees who trust each other do not compete with one another unnecessarily. They understand that working together is for the benefit of the organization. Employees who trust one another are more willing to work together in the future and ask for help from each other when needed.

 Other advantages:
- Involves every team member, making the team players feel important and heard.

- Pressurizes the group to get things done thereby improving implementation.

- Generates a bigger pool of ideas through discussion.

-. Improves understanding of others' points of view.

- Enables discussion to clarify issues and come up with better solutions.

-Provides the opportunity to bounce ideas off each other and to improve on those ideas resulting in better problem solving.

-Keeps people focused for longer.

- Develops relationships and camaraderie as people communicate and get to know each other's ways of thinking.

- Enables sharing of expertise:With the involvement of a team members, this will necessitate the sharing of expertise to fast track growth and development.

Disadvantages of Team work

On the other hand, it is thus, to put a consideration around some of its demerits. However, few among the demerit shall be enumerated here:

Individuals Shirking Their Duties

Since team members share responsibility for outcomes, some individuals may need to do additional work to make up for those not contributing their share of effort. This can breed resentment and foster other negative feelings that can make the team less effective. One cause of this is the failure of the team to establish clear norms of accountability for individual contributions to the group effort.

Skewed Influence over Decisions

Sometimes an individual or small number of team members can come to dominate the rest of the group. This could be due to strong personalities, greater abilities, or differences in status among members. When individuals either do not feel listened to or believe their ideas are not welcome, they may reduce their efforts.

Lack of Trust

Effective collaboration requires team members to have confidence that everyone shares a set of goals. When that belief is missing, some individuals may not feel comfortable sharing their ideas with the group. Lack of trust can also lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings, which can undermine the group’s efforts.

Conflicts Hamper Progress

While conflicts are a common aspect of working together and can even be beneficial to a team, they can also negatively affect team performance. For instance, conflict can delay progress on tasks or create other inefficiencies in getting work done.

Lack of Teaming Skills

When team members do not have the collaboration skills needed to work well with others, the overall ability of the team to function can be limited. As a result, conflicts may be more likely to arise and more difficult to resolve.

Missing Task Skills

A team that does not have the expertise and knowledge needed to complete all its tasks and activities will have trouble achieving its goals. Poor team composition can lead to delays, higher costs, and increased risk.
Stuck in Formation
Sometimes the group cannot move from defining goals and outlining tasks to executing its work plan. This may be due to poor specification of roles, tasks, and priorities.

Too Many Members

The size of the team can sometimes affect its ability to function effectively. Coordination and communication are more complex in a larger team than in a smaller one. This complexity can mean that decisions must take into account greater amounts of information, meetings are more challenging to schedule, and tasks can take longer to complete.

Group think

Outcomes can suffer if team members value conflict avoidance and consensus over making the best decisions. People can feel uncomfortable challenging the group’s direction or otherwise speaking up for fear of breaking a team norm. This phenomenon is known as “groupthink.” Groupthink can limit creativity, lead to poor choices, or result in mistakes that might otherwise have been avoidable.
While teams offer many benefits, their effectiveness rests on how well members can avoid common pitfalls or minimize their negative consequences when they occur.

Conflict

One disadvantage of teams within an organization is the possibility of conflicts arising between team members. One team member may disagree with the ideas of another team member, which may lead to an argument. Hostility within teams limits productivity, creativity and the decision-making process. Managers must effectively manage teams to keep conflict at a minimum.


Compatibility Issues

Some employees work better by themselves than in a group. An employee who does not work well within a group can hinder the progress of the entire group. The incompatible employee may detach himself from the rest of the team and refuse to participate. If negative feelings arise from the rest of the team members toward the incompatible employee, communication may suffer within the group. Managers must effectively handle incompatible employees by providing training or removing them from the group.

Free-Riding Issues

Some team members may take advantage of the efforts other team members make within the group. This can cause issues within the group because the team members making the effort may feel like other team members are coasting along, not pulling their weight. If this issue is not handled immediately, unmotivated team members may feel as if they do not need to put forth the same effort as others. Employees who just want to accomplish the task assigned to the group may willingly do the work of unproductive m
employees to avoid any problems, but resentment will build.

In conclusion, teamwork plays a significant role in the drastic development of any group or parties,through this collaborative meeting individual can therefore use this medium to uncover their various latent and intelligible skill. Further to this, people of different knowledge and aspirations to life come together as one for the enactment of a successful outcome of their embarks projects,aims,and objectives. With this,it then means,that the practice of teamwork cannot be overlooked nor underestimated.

          OLABINTAN, D.O,(2018)


Short description about the writer

Olabintan Damola is a phenomenal writer who has written numberless of literary work. Out of curiosity to solve the issues of human endeavour and productivity came up with an inspiration yet another great intuitiveness and capability to the delight of the people "Team work the secret behind growth, development and initiative".A student of Unilag studying Education and English had previously an NCE qualification.No wonder he drank from the sea of knowledge of literature to be an everyday mastery of English.

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