The importance of teamwork is taught to people usually sometime starting in elementary school. A team is just a group of people who get together to work towards a common goal. Some characteristics of teams are that they are accountable for achieving specific common goals, the members of the team must rely on each other for information, they are stable so they can finish any assigned tasks, teams have authority, and they are assembled to do work for larger organizations.
Types of teams include:
Manager-Led Teams– The manager is the team leader and team members have little autonomy.
Self-Managing Teams– They are usually small and have considerable autonomy. Managers may determine goals but team members control the activities.
Cross-Functional Teams– Team members will come from different functional areas of the company. This way there can be people with different expertise on the team.
Virtual Teams– These type of teams interact electronically such as through videoconferencing, instant messaging, and in electronic meetings. Members can be located anywhere due to the fact all they usually need is a computer/laptop with internet connection.
Teams will either work or not work. The factors that contribute to teams working out are:
- Team members depend or rely on each other to get the work done.
- Team members will trust one another.
- Team members work better as a group than individual.
- Team members will encourage others to do their best.
- Team members will be more committed if they enjoy being on a team.
- If leadership roles are rotated the team will function better.
The factors that contribute to teams failing are:
- Members fail to cooperate.
- There is a lack of managerial support.
- Managers fail to delegate authority.
- Teams fail to cooperate thus affecting the success of the organization.
Communication, just like teamwork is important when it comes to business. Prospective employers want to hire people with good communication skills. Communications can either flow downward, upward, or lateral(horizontal) in a typical organization.
When it comes to communication there are some barriers. These can include noise, failure to listen, cultural barriers and functional barriers. Cultural barriers are the differences among people of different cultures. This can include barriers among both genders, different ethnicities, different educational backgrounds, age, and experience. Functional barriers are barriers that can come up with people of the different functions in the organization, such as marketing, engineering ,management, etc.
In business there is different forms of communication. These can be through email, presentation with visuals, technical reports, formal reports, memos, and presentations without visuals. This link right here will tell you how to write a business report, a business memo and a business email. Also keep in mind of the nonverbal communication you may or may not be aware of that you use on a daily basis.