recent University of Phoenix study found that less than a quarter of workers prefer to work on teams. When you hear some of the war stories of confrontations, scapegoating, blame and other forms of dysfunction, it’s not hard to see why.
As a result, no matter how talented the individual members are on their own, teams often fail to live up to their promise. Silo mentalities and single-minded thinking lead to communication breakdowns, conflict, missed deadlines and uninspired ideas. In spite of the team members’ skills and experience, their efforts ultimately result in delayed projects, second-rate solutions and a lot of frustrated people.
Team dynamics have changed. Telecommuting grew by 73% between 2005 and 2011, and estimates show more than five million workers will be telecommuting by 2016.
The challenges only intensify when team members rarely, if ever, see each other”a situation that’s becoming more common by the day. According to the Telework Research Network, telecommuting grew by 73% between 2005 and 2011, and the organization estimates more than five million workers will be telecommuting by 2016. For many of these teams, face-to-face time may be limited to a Skype screen, and its members may never actually meet in person.
All of the contemporary research on teams shows that trust among members is essential to effective teamwork. Building trust is never easy, but without the benefit of proximity, non-verbal cues and a common background or culture, the task becomes that much more difficult. A survey on the challenges of working in virtual teams bears this out: Respondents said they struggle the most with the inability to read non-verbal cues (94%), the absence of collegiality (85%), a difficulty establishing rapport and trust (81%), and a difficulty in seeing the whole picture (77%).
Organizational success depends more and more on the power of teams. Whether the members are working across the hall from each other or across time zones and countries, we need them operating at peak performance.
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