The Role of Teamwork

The Value Of Teams The Value Of Teams I am currently managing a warehouse and I am working in a team that is recognized as a functional team. Functional teams are those teams in which there is a manager and the manager has several delegates who are assigned with the responsibility of carrying out a particular organization’s function (Pride, 2012, p.296). In my case my team comprises of me as a manager and subordinates who are responsible of managing the warehouse of the organization in which I work. We are assigned with the duty of ensuring that the stocks of the organization are up-to-date and are available at the right time at the right place.
2. There is a huge difference while team communication takes place compared to communication that takes place one-to-one. In team communication a single message has to be interpreted by more than one individual while in one-to-one communication there is only one receiver of the message. The sender of the message in team communication needs to ensure that his/her message is understood by all and in one-to-one communication the sender has to only ensure that the message is understood by one individual. In case of team based communication a message may not be directly communicated to the receiver and in one-to-one communication mostly face-to-face communication takes place.
3. One of the main benefit of team work is that division of labor takes place and parts of a task is divided amongst those who can complete that part in the best possible manner. Due to this there are lesser chances of wastage and mistake. Secondly, in team work different members come up with different ways of performing a task which help in identifying new and improved methods of accomplishing tasks. The disadvantage of team work is that conflict may arise between people from different groups and subgroups may be formed within the team that may indulge in negative political behavior.
4. The first stage of team development is forming stage in which team members are brought together but are not well acquainted with each other and do not have any idea about their tasks and roles. The second stage is storming stage in which there is immense conflict between team members and they tend to gain authority and challenge the authority of the team leader. The third stage is norming stage in which team members accept each other and even accepts the authority of the leader and in this stage their roles become clearer. The last stage is performing stage in which team members become focused on their roles and work towards the achievement of the team’s goal.
5. There are various skills that are useful for becoming a successful team leader and team member. One of these skills is communication skills which will help me as a warehouse manager in communicating the vision and objectives of the organization to the team members. Another necessary skill is the technical skill which will allow me to guide my team members when they face difficulty in doing their jobs. The third important skill is the interpersonal skill which will help me in resolving conflict and help me in understanding team members in a better manner.
6. Virtual teams are those teams in which the members of the teams do not work from a specific setting and are connected with each other through means of networking such as internet and telephone. In virtual teams, the team members are located in distinct areas and work from different areas at different points in time. While in conventional teams team members work in the same setting and work at the same time with each other. For example: people working as a virtual team may located in different parts of the globe and they may be working in different time zones.
References
Pride, W., Hughes, R., &amp. Kapoor, J. (2012).&nbsp.Business&nbsp.(1st ed.). Mason, OH: South-Western Cengage Learning.