Groups and Teams
9 February 2012
Groups and Teams Paper
No workplace in America exists without diversity and team dynamics working together. Workplace diversity in an organization and how it relates to team dynamics in the workplace is very important. These are the basic things that make organizations run smoothly and efficiently in return allowing an organization to run at its fullest potential.
“Workforce diversity is the mix of gender, race and ethnicity, age, and able-bodiedness in the workforce.”(Schermerhorn, Hunt, & Osborn, 2008, "Chapter 2: Values, Personality, and Individual Differences. People are different"). Individuals with these differences bring different skills to the work place based on their demographic characteristics. These differences are past characteristics that assist in molding an individual into who they are today. In return these characteristics also help the individual make decisions and contributions based on skill acquired from their past.
According to "Team Dynamics" (2009), team dynamics concern the fluid and on-going interaction between and among team members, their actions and reactions.” In many ways team dynamics relate to the interdependent and interpersonal progression of work. These ways include the order of how a when things get accomplished through individuals, and how members of the team relate to each other and their task ("Team Dynamics", 2009) “Dynamics involve processes of communication, decision-making, leadership and sharing of power, and include the development of norms and expectations”(Information on Team Dynamics). The performance of the team is directly related to the interaction between individuals within the team. This is where workplace diversity relates to team dynamics.
The characteristics that make up the team members diversity also are the talents and skills that the individual can provide. These talents...