There are several factors when it comes to differences between traditional versus team environments. Communication is one that is very important and in a traditional organization, most communication starts at the top of the organization. Formal communication includes newsletters, emails, and even social media. In a team based organization, the communication process is typically less structured and more informal since a traditional organizational structure tends to be rigid and a team based structure is more flexible.
A manager in a traditional organization typically makes decisions without insulting her subordinates. In a team-based structure, the leader typically seeks the participation of team members and conducts brainstorming meetings to gather information. Depending on the kind of decision, time and resources available, job tasks, work environment and impact, the team approaches the decision-making process differently. When it comes to meetings, meetings in a traditional organization the manager usually schedules and leads meetings. The manager sets the agenda and controls the flow from one topic to the next.
In a team-based organization, team embers are usually empowered to call meetings on their own. People may report to more than one manager in a matrix structure and attend multiple meetings on the same topic. In a team-based organization, participants may not work in the same location and web based software can be used to enable the team to interact using the Internet for audio and video. There can also be Sub- teams that may form to handle issues and problems raised at the meetings. A team-based organization tends to be much less formal and structured.
Managers in all kinds of companies are using groups and teams to enhance reference, increase responsiveness to customers, spur innovation, and motivate employees. A group are two or more people who interact with each other to accomplish Certain goals or meet certain needs. A team is a group whose members work intensely with each other to achieve a specific common goal or objective. All teams are groups, but not all groups are teams. The two characteristics that distinguish teams from groups are the intensity with which team members work together.
When it comes to groups and teams as Performance Enhancers, one of the main advantages of using groups is the Opportunity to obtain synergy. Synergy means that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. People working in a group are able to produce more than would have been produced if each person had worked separately. Being responsive to customers often requires the wide variety of skills found in different departments. In a cross-functional team, the expertise and knowledge of different organizational department are brought together into a team environment in order to enhance responsiveness to customers.
When it comes to Innovation, the creative development of new products, new revise, or even new organizational structures, can be better managed by creating teams of diverse individuals who together have the necessary knowledge for innovation. Also team members can often uncover each others errors or false assumptions, critique each others approaches, and complement each other’s strengths while compensating for weaknesses. Also, members of groups and teams are likely to be more highly motivated and satisfied than they would have been if they were working on their own.
This is because working alongside other highly charged people can be stimulating, which allows team embers to more readily see how their efforts contribute to achievement of organizational goals. Effective teams are built with several factors. The top factors for building effectives teams include First, Build trust and respect. Nurture a team-oriented environment based on trust and respect, without which there will only be limited success. Secondly, Be true to your word. If you demand high productivity and quality work, you’d better be as good as your word. You get what you give. Also, organize a meeting for all employees.
If you want to improve teamwork, help people get to know each other better. Take advantage of conflict. There are no teams exempt from occasional misunderstandings. Somewhere, somehow, conflict will show up. When confrontation between employees gets out of a hand in a startup, the CEO must face it. Don’t complicate the situation by deciding what is good or bad. Listen to all sides carefully and then talk to other team members who observed the quarrel. Brainstorming solutions favorable for both sides may even result in ideas that would never have come to mind in without the conflict.
It does not mean that confrontations are good, it just means that hey make people think about two points of view of the matter. More points of view means more possibilities. Finally one that I believe is very important is to make hiring a team effort. If you want to hire a new person, discuss this with your team. Let your team members talk with candidate because they will work together and it’s important this person fit into the team.