Team Building

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Introduction
Building effective, cohesive teams has never played such a pivotal role in a company’s success as it does today. As the economy recovers, many organizations are working with newly formed groups and teams as a result of corporate downsizings, mergers and restructurings. Other organizations throughout the world have deliberately adopted team-based work structures to meet their business objectives. Many models of the organization of the future are premised on teams surpassing individuals as the primary performance unit in the company. Effective teams, whether departmental, across functions or at the Board of Director level, pride themselves on better communication, decision-making, productivity and morale. Understanding how people work together is the key. Throughout history, building a team has been the function of shared experiences and history. When that experience and history is lacking, it's difficult for a group to share a common vision and goal, or to function together in a way that promotes the best qualities of each team participant, in other words - to function as a team. Teams are more successful in implementing complex plans and strategies. Because work can be split into responsibility areas, a team can tackle more complex projects more efficiently than a group of individuals. Teams come up with more creative solutions because they can network and brainstorm. When team members bounce ideas off of each other, they arrive at solutions that none would have evolved alone. As teams continue to work together, many of them find that their individual work benefits from their new ability to see things from other perspectives. Teams build commitment to ideas and plans because they have ownership of the idea. When a team is involved in a project from the start, they are more likely to be committed to the ideals it represents. Teams are more enduring than reliance on individuals. If an organisation has one person who is responsible for a project, the loss of that person can cripple the project. But when the organisations rely on a team, the loss of one individual may be difficult, but the work of the team will continue. With corporate workplaces becoming increasingly competitive, performance and results are the assessment factors that remain at the top of a management's priority list. Team building in an office helps foster better and open communication between employees themselves, and also between employees and the higher management. It goes a long way in improving professional relations, understanding and co-operation, and this is very much reflected in the quality of work done. Team building in the workplace significantly contributes towards employee motivation and building trust among employees, thereby ensuring better productivity. Making the team, a unit and improving coordination between its members is one of the important goals to be achieved on the way to success. Activities aimed at team building can certainly play a part in the success of a project or even a long-term goal. Most companies are made up of several departments, all of which need to be able to work together for the good of the company, and this means that team development is an important issue. The teams or departments in every company have to be able to communicate clearly with one another so that they can express their needs or point of view. Without this clear understanding, the company will struggle to move forward. This means that teamwork is essential for any successful company, because no one person is responsible for every action taken there. The employees all need to work together for the good of the company, but not everyone considers this. There are ways of promoting team development within a business, and one of the ways is to use team building strategies, through activities either indoors, or outside, for adult team bonding and getting to trust other members of the company, outside of their department. There are...
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