How Does Communication Affect Teamwork

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How Does Communication Affect Teamwork

By | August 2008
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How Does Communication Affect Teamwork?

What is the true definition of teamwork? According to www.eubios.info, “Teamwork is the coming together of an alliance or group of minds to collaborate, co-operatively work on a project, solve problems, negotiate, resolve conflict etc. What is the definition of communication? Communication is a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a common system of symbols, signs, or behavior (http://www.m-w.com). In the world today, teams play an important role in ensuring that many projects are accomplished. A team might be involved in product development, problem solving, or any other number of work related activities. Teams can vary in their purpose or goal however, teamwork within a project is crucial. When it comes to working on a project as a group there are many aspects that are important. One key element to successful teamwork is communication. How does communication affect teamwork? Why is Communication Important and who is Involved?

Good teamwork starts with a shared understanding of its importance (http://www.derekstockley.com). Communication is what bridges teams together. It allows the teams to understand each individual’s point of view. Communication is something that needs to be practiced in every team to ensure the team is working effectively and efficiently. Every member in the team needs to take the initiative to communicate. When a team is not actively communicating, their work is at stake. With no communication, certain member’s may not be filled in on what has or needs to be accomplished.

What are some ways to Communicate Better?
The first thing that every member needs when being in a team is confidence. Team members need to know and feel that they are adding value and contributing as an asset to the team itself. One way that team members could help with better communicating is asking open-ended questions. Asking open-ended questions to help bring more...