Command and control leadership is on its way out. Today’s employees want a say in their work environment, and since they're the specialists in their own job, they may actually have the best insights on how to be most effective. Whether workplace teams are formal or informal, people are working together in teams to get their jobs done.
When you need to accomplish certain things, rather than telling your employees how to work together, ask for their input. They will tell you what they need to work best, and their revelations may surprise you. You can assign the teams, but don't push your methods on them. To help everyone make the best decision on how to work together, here are some of the types of workplace team types that can be utilized:
Technology has made it much easier for people in different locations to be team members and that trend will only continue. Services like GoToMeeting and Google Hangouts allow worker flexibility, save money and time, shared files, and the ability to have a diverse team membership from a variety of locations. However, the lessening of personal contact between team members could pose a potential drawback.
Team members from different departments and units with diverse job duties make up a cross functional team. The benefits are that these teams force more interaction between departments and break down communication barriers. The expected result from cross functional teams is higher performance because of more diverse talents and greater communication between departments.
A temporary team option is to form a problem-solving team. This type of team is charged to deal with a specific problem or opportunity. Problem-solving teams allow employees the opportunity to offer solutions to organizational issues, and many employees will feel a deep satisfaction from this work.
If there is a need to regularly address workplace issues, you can offer your staff the opportunity to join an employee involvement team. These teams deal with any pressing business issue that comes up. They look to provide solutions that will improve company output and profitability. A quality circle is an option if there is a small group of people selected to regularly meet to develop solutions for problems that relate to quality and productivity.
A newer type of workplace team, a self-managing team empowers its members to make decisions on how they will manage themselves in day-to-day work. The benefits are that the employees can be extremely motivated by their increased responsibility and the organization saves money by not having a first-line supervisor. The downside is that without a first-line supervisor, the team may not have an essential check point to make sure they’re not veering off course.
No matter what type of team your organization needs or your staff decides on, the fact that you gave them the opportunity to direct the workplace choice should increase their job satisfaction. By letting your people choose how they get the job done, you may reap the benefits of a more motivated and productive staff and organization.