* Introduction: The different types of teams and the benefits of teams for an organisation. *What is a team?
*A collection of individuals with a shared purpose and commitment of working together to achieve a common goal.
* Teams are classified in:
*Permanent – Ongoing, rules and pattern of behaviour
becomes established in the team. E.g. Stewardesses hired by British Airways.
*Temporary – Set up for a short period of time and separated after the task is completed. E.g. A team of stewardesses that has been formed to flight from
London to Madrid.
*Formal – A team formed for a specific purpose it is recognised as being official and set up to accomplish a set of tasks. E.g. The officers that help customers doing check in.
*Informal – This type of team is less structured, members can leave at any time. E.g. When a stewardess is having lunch with a colleague during the break.
*The ideal team size and
its importance to the organisation size or “optimum” team size is
*The “ideal” team composed by 5 members.
*The number of members is odd, which avoids
*All members can give an opinion, due to small members. *There will be members that are not going to allow individuals with fixed views.
*The members are small enough to be managed by themselves. *Benefits of teams
*Sharing expertise – The members often have different skills,
which allows them to give their insight in their experienced area to accomplish the main goal effectively.
*Fostering innovation – Being in a team encourages ideas to be shared, because they will be adjusted and developed by the members. *Dynamic and less Tedious – With variety of roles the members can change roles and keep the job interesting and challenged.