5 Common Teamwork Challenges in Workplaces

by Kylee Stone Feb 13,2020
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Difference between a team and a group is that a group can be a bunch of individuals working in silos, while team is always a group of people who are inter-dependent on each other. Therefore, it’s important to understand the dynamics of building and maintaining a team.

We often talk a lot about team management, but we habitually tend to focus more on individual management. Putting a team together and being unable to give the freedom and authority to act is unnerving, but then again, there needs to be certain regulations in place directing the team.

Here are some teamwork challenges the corporate world faces today:

Larger teams:

When there are too many members, those teams require different strategies to be managed. A model team size is about eight people max. If the team members are too diverse, trigger communication between them which needs more sharing. This’ll help in understanding differences and outlooks and helps build trust.

Also read: Important Tips To Tackle Teamwork Challenges

Lack of trust and vision:

Members fail to build trust towards each other due to poor leadership, various locations, number of members, undefined goals, or other reasons. They don’t feel mutually accountable, and there is lack of commitment and effort. Reminding the team of the values of the organisation is a good way to start building focus and vision. Then make them talk to each other on a regular basis to build and fortify trust.

Unresolved conflicts:

Unlike the other teamwork challenges, this challenge can sway both ways. Conflicts can be a transformative vehicle given the way you utilize it. Don’t try to resolve them when tensions are soaring. Tackle them after letting the fire die. A good leader can stir the team towards sustained growth of emotional intelligence that can make conflicts growth-provoking.

Also read: Creating And Sustaining High Performance Teams

Lack of transparency:

Poor communication or lack of communication leads to inefficiencies and misunderstandings, which breeds a lack of trust among the members. Certain warning signs include back biting, disinterest and nonchalance; constant silence, etc. To avoid such instances, it’s better to remain transparent, communicate with team members often, talk to them about goals and ask for their inputs.

Poor leadership:

Last but not the least, a team’s success and failure depend on the leader. Leaders fail when they are unable to create a gripping vision for the team. Work to build a strong framework and goal for your team, revisit the goals on a frequent basis and build up the members accordingly.

Success of a team depends on the maturity level of each member. Set clear objectives for them, meet them often, conduct discussions on how to best serve and perform, trigger knowledge sharing, provide support, and it’ll help your team thrive.

 


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Kylee Stone

Kylee Stone supports the professional services team as a CX intern and psychology SME. She leverages her innate creativity with extensive background in psychology to support client experience and organizational functions. Kylee is completing her master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational psychology at the University of Missouri Science and Technology emphasizing in Applied workplace psychology and Statistical Methods.

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