Advantages And Disadvantages Of Managing A Team

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Managing a team is all about developing your employees. Your employees are your biggest asset, the success or failure of your business depends on their attitude and performance. You as a manager should lead, motivate, train, and encourage your team. When creating a team, many factors should be analyzed. Building a strong team is a stressful situation so you must weigh out the advantages and disadvantages of creating a team for your business.
When building and managing a team there are five (5) key advantages to look at. Those are customer satisfaction, product and service quality, speed and efficiency in the product’s development, employee job satisfaction, and decision making (MGMT Principles of Management). Team decision making includes
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These disadvantages may include an initial high turnover, social loafing, groupthink, and minority domination. To begin with, there is usually an initial high turnover. Teams are not for everyone as some people prefer to work individually. Social loafing happens when a person gives less effort to achieve a goal and when they work with a team versus working individually ( Maximilian Ringlemann first noted social loafing when he noticed one individual pulling a rope alone exerted about 139 pounds of force. Whereas a group of three people exerted an average force of 117 pounds per person (MGMT Principles of Management). Maximilian concluded that the larger the team, the smaller the individual effort and the smaller the team the larger the individual effort. Social loafers more than anything, want to be able to blend into the background. Groupthink occurs when thinking or decision making as a team discourages the creativity or individual responsibility ( Groupthink restricts discussions and leads to a limited number of alternative solutions (MGMT Principles of Management). One other disadvantage is minority domination, this occurs when one to two people “dominate” a team meeting, thus leading to a slim number of solutions. Scott Jessup of Marque Inc. stated “I think at times I stifle our best thinking. When a CEO wanders into a team meeting an entirely different dynamic takes place and everybody sits back and waits for the CEO to put forth pearls of wisdom”. Lastly, members/employees may not feel included in decisions made by the
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