Teamwork is an essential part of workplace success. Like a basketball team working together to set
up the perfect shot, every team member has a specific role to play in accomplishing tasks on the job. But simply bringing people together does not occur automatically.
It may be undermined by a variety of problems such as lack of organisation, misunderstanding, poor communication and inadequate participation. Although it may seem as if one player scored the basket, that basket was made possible by many people’s planning, coordination, and cooperation to get that player the ball. Employers look for people who not only know how to work well with others, but who understand that not every player on the team can or will be the one who gets the ball. When everyone in the workplace works together to accomplish goals, everyone achieves more.
Effective teamwork results from:
- A team whose membership, size and resources match the task
- Good leadership and attention to team-building.
- Commitment by team members to understand and identify with one another’s goals
- The development of team goals- a shared vision
- A sense of common ownership of the task at hand and joint responsibility for its achievement.
- Co-ordinated effort and planned sharing of tasks evenly across the team.
- The open exchange of information within the team .
- Honesty and frankness among team members loo
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