Teamwork in Organizations

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In modern day business, the use of teamwork is being greatly utilized. A team is described as a ‘group of employees who have at least some collective tasks and where the team members are authorized to regulate mutually the execution of these collective tasks’ (Delarue, 2003). The purpose of teamwork is to provide a framework that increases the ability of employees to participate in problem solving, planning and decision-making. As a result, this will theoretically increase the level and quality of output for an organization. Team working can also have adverse effects when from an individual’s perspective when difficulties arise when working with others. From an organizational standpoint, there are numerous benefits that can be achieved through the utilization of teamwork. Firstly teamwork can instantly lead to an increase in motivation amongst the team members. From looking at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs it can be seen that once you have secured the first three levels, the top two tiers can be directly influenced by teamwork. The esteem level focuses on confidence, achievement, respect for and by others. When working in an organization, because your work output and quality will influence the opinion of others on oneself, one will inherently be lead to an increase in both output and quality. Theoretically, if this occurs amongst all members of a team the overall level and quality of output will be greatly increased. Motivation can be seen as a fundamental requirement for any type of work. By again referring to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs the second benefit of teamwork can be explained. This more specifically relates to the quality of output. Through having a greater number of members in a team, the spectrum of available skills and knowledge will be increased. This is a recognizably desirable situation for any organization, as it will allow members to

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