Everybody knows what a team is – a group of individuals who come together to work towards a common goal. Each one thinks of a different team when they hear the word. To some, it may mean a cricket team, to others it may mean their group at work. But, what unites them all is the fact that they are all bound by together, to work in tandem, so they can achieve a unified objective.
Teaming, on the other hand, is assigning people to different teams on the basis of the current need. This translates to bringing together different people at different times to complete a pre-determined task.
“We are not a team because we work together. We are a team because we trust, respect and care for each other”
– Vala Afshar
Often, employees are not encouraged by the concept of teaming. The constant change leaves them vulnerable; they do not feel inspired to perform. How then do you get employees to give their best shot even in teaming? Here’s what we at Trebound recommend:
When you appoint a subordinate to a team, it is natural that he sees the new assignment as a challenge to be completed. This sentiment only worsens the morale, significantly reducing his efficiency and performance. As a manager/leader, you must create a sense of security for the employee by framing each assignment as an opportunity to learn and grow. This will not only give employees a sense of security, it will also propel them to learn, work and grow.
Goals are what drive a team forward. All employees may feel intimated by the scope of work and the deadlines they have to meet. But what they really need to perform well is a goal that is challenging, well articulated and inspiring. It is also important that everyone in the team feel united and equal, for them to be able to scale new heights.
Teaming is a difficult concept to master. There is no doubt in the fact that there will be failures in the process of teaming. Whether you are a leader or team member, you need to analyze, understand and identify the best ways to overcome these obstacles; only then can teaming be a successful effort.
An organization has to look into a whole host of nuances to be able to achieve its objective. While most companies emphasize a good deal on teams, not too many understand and exploit the advantages teaming has to offer. At Trebound, we guide you when you need it the most – even when it comes to making teaming work.