Different Types Of Work Teams

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Different Types of Work Teams
Susan L. Laird
Colorado Technical University Online
Building Effective Teams
Phase 1 Diverse Teams
Different Types of Work Teams Discussion Board 2
Jamie Boyd
November 19, 2014

List and Explain 3 different types of work teams
Project Teams: a project team is simply a group of employees that work together to achieve a common goal. This type of work group can be on either a temporary or a permanent basis depending on the particular task. Usually, when a short-term project ends so does the team formed to achieve it. However, there are instances where specific team scan be formed to be permanent such as a hospital’s steering committee or law enforcement’s task force (Wilson’s
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The result achieved is a higher level of creativity.
There are several disadvantages to a cross-functional team as well. They must be considered before deciding to create such a work team. Because of the many differences, experience, and background of the members it may take significantly longer for this type of team to develop a strong unity. Additionally, there might be a high level of conflict amongst the team members due to conflict of interest or even egos. This means a team’s lead, supervisor, or management must manage their members’ relationships carefully.
Self-directed teams have many advantages that can boost the efficiency and productivity of any organization. With the proper managerial and technical skills, this type of team can achieve results far greater than the common command and control approach. These types of teams have the unique ability to come up with innovative solutions to many business problems when given the freedom and flexibility to do so. Additionally, they can produce rapid responses to many organizational challenges. Most self-directed team members have a high level of commitment and motivation. This means they take more ownership of their work when empowered with full responsibility and accountability for their work. Most team members have a high level of job satisfaction, which leads to a lower absentee rate and
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