We all know that teamwork promotes creativity and increases the overall productivity of the organization. While this is true, there are many unsaid challenges faced by every team which can really make the whole experience of working as a team frustrating.
Here are few common challenges faced by employees who work as a team.
There is a lot of difference in working as an individual employee and working as a part of a team. When you work with a team, your responsibilities are shared with other team members.
This culture of shared responsibilities might be a little hard to get used to, if you have never worked with a team before. Working with many people can create a confusion on your role in the team, resulting multiple people taking up the same responsibility or leave out some vital tasks. Asking the manager of the team clearly about your role in the team could help avoid these situations.
Lack Of Trust
When you work as an individual, you are used to making decisions and complete tasks individually. But when you work with a team, you have to trust your team mates and let them take a few decisions for the team.
Sometimes, team members make mistakes and it could be hard for you to trust them with any other decision. But as a team it is important to trust your teammates and function as a team.
Some employees perform better when they function as a team and some perform better as individual contributors. One reason for this could be setting the right goals. You can easily set the right goals for yourself as an individual contributor but when you are a part of the team, you have to consider your teammates before setting goals.
One of the most common reasons for conflicts in teams is the ambiguity of goals. If you are not on the same page with your other team mates about your goals, it affects the productivity of the whole team, so communicate with the team/ manager and be clear about your goals.
Disengagement is one of the most common issues faced by everyone at workplace. Teams tend to get disengaged when there’s a lack of proper direction or vision. Team members fail to understand their role in the bigger picture which leads to lack of motivation.
Disengagement in teams is often a result of lack of clarity on team goals and how they contribute to the organization.
Some employees contribute more to a team than the rest of the team. The reason is not always that they feel responsible for the team, the share of their contribution depends on their individual talent and efficiency. But sometimes, these talent differences cause conflicts between team members.
Some employees of team could be slower and less efficient than the rest. This could decrease the overall productivity of the team which could be frustrating for the high-performers of the team causing conflicts within the team. To avoid this, the goals should be set based on their capability and skills.