What is team working?
A team comprises a group of people linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks. Teams maybe interdependent such as football teams and work for a common cause for example, in business, as a project team.
Why is it important to consider team working?
In many work situations people will meet and work as teams. Team members may be chosen or even self-appointed. They may work together for longer or shorter time periods. Teamwork should promote and facilitate member interaction. Teamwork can lead to better decisions, products, or services.
The quality of teamwork may be measured by analyzing six components of collaboration among team members:
How can we create more effective teams?
The Open University has a range of Open Learn materials which cover Team Working and other areas. You might be interested to look at these free units:
Improve your working relationships with other people in groups in the OpenLearn unit Groups and Teamwork.
Gain an understanding of working in virtual project teams in the OpenLearn unit How teams work.
Examine the values and principles underpinning working with other professionals in the OpenLearn unit aimed at early years practitioners, Thinking about how I work with other professionals.
Develop skills to work with others in the OpenLearn Key skill assessment unit: Working with others.
Watch a video that inspires colleagues to work towards a common goal, see What if we.