Treetop Forest Products Ltd is a sawmill operation in Oregon, USA, that is owned by major forest products company but operates independently of headquarters. It was built thirty years ago and was completely updated with new machinery five years ago. Treetop has one general manager, sixteen supervisors and support staff, and 180 unionised employees. The mill is divided into six operating departments: boom, sawmill, planer, packaging, shipping and maintenance. And packaging department is separate from the rest of Treetop operations. The short term problem: packaging department’s poor productivity. The long term problem: packaging department’s quality and company’s cohesiveness.
Based on your knowledge of team dynamics, explain why the packaging department is less productive than are other teams at Treetop. Answer:
Team Dynamics are the unseen forces that operate in a team between different people or groups. Team Dynamics can strongly influence how a team reacts, behaves or performs, and the effects of team dynamics are often very complex. Suppose in a small team of six people working in one office there are two people who have a particularly strong friendship. This friendship is a "natural force" that may have an influence on the rest of the team, and can be manifest in various ways, either positively or negatively. Other factors can also play an influence. For example, if a wall of cupboards were to be placed across the middle of the office, this would also form a 'natural force' that influences the communication flow and may separate the group into two further sub-groups. Sometimes, an "absence" of a natural force can also be a team dynamic. For example, if the leader or manager is permanently removed from the office, the group may be drawn into a change of behaviour. Team cohesiveness:
· degree of attraction people feel toward the team and their motivation to remain members.
·calculative – members believe the team will fulfill...