Types of Teams

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Types of Teams
Formal teams have a clear membership and a defined structure, as well as the goals they have – in place are systems to ensure those goals are reached. Formal teams may have been created by senior management to solve a particular problem so are all picked for a specific purpose, E.g. a multi-agency safer city partnership team who work together across a variety of organisations to combat anti-social behaviour on government behalf. Informal teams are much more flexible, individuals can move in and out of the team as and when they are needed. Goals may be less defined but the nature of informal – allows for innovative and new ideas. Small types of team will consist of few members which will probably have smaller tasks to complete – much easier to communicate and get on in smaller groups, and less confusion when it comes to assigning tasks and roles. Large groups are quite the opposite to small teams, as they may have a bigger task to complete and therefore have more team members, this is a benefit as more work will get done with more people on the job, however there may some confusion, and there may be more conflict with the more people there are in the team. Temporary teams are only together for a short period of time to carry out a task and leave when the objective/goals are achieved. It can be difficult as they won’t know each other long they may not come to terms with each member’s strengths and weaknesses; however they can be good at troubleshooting as things can be seen differently with different views and opinions. Project teams are much like temporary team; they are only together for a specific time to complete a specific task/project. These types of teams are usually made up of specialists in specific areas – and a project manager will be in place to ensure the project runs to plan. A project in the fire service could be that all the primary schools in a certain region have a visit from a fire safety team about the dangers of fire. Permanent teams are most common in the public services, many hours and shifts, watches and the same members can be kept in regiments for years at a time. These are considered the stronger teams, as they all know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and therefore can assign the better suited team member with the task. However these types of teams will be set in their ways, new ideas aren’t considered. Types of team in the public services

Divisional team is a team that is grouped together according to their standing, skill, age or weight – with the idea they will work better as a team. Departmental teams are teams that all work together regularly in the same area of work completing similar tasks together, such as provides other members support and promote continuous improvement. Sectional teams are split into sections; each section is responsible for a different task, or area of work. Geographical teams in the public services are responsible for ensuring all maps and travel information is correct, if there is wrong turn, this could affect the department’s response times and could risk lives. Multidisciplinary teams consist of staff from several different professional backgrounds who have different areas of expertise. These teams are able to respond to clients who require the help of more than one kind of professional. Multidisciplinary teams are often discussed in the same context as joint working, interagency work and partnership working. Regiment is a military unit of ground troops, which work in a team, however have a direct leader, the colonel. Brigade is a body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, infantry, or mixed, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a brigadier general – e.g. fire brigade. Force is a term often used in the police – it is a group of police officers, referred to as the police force. For example people may speak about contacting the local police force. Multi-agency teams require different members from agencies to work...
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