Organizational Theory Of Team Building

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Team Building in the Workplace Kimberly Jones Southern Arkansas University Organizational Theory & Behavior March 20, 2015 Team building is the “unification of varied individual energies, directed toward valued goals and outputs, which are linked with organizational results’ (DeVany, 1999). The aim of team building is to bring out the best in employees through activities designed to improve performance. Team building is significant in the current business environment as organizations are looking to team-based structures to improve leadership skills, improve procedures, improve productivity, and finally increase profitability in the business. Numerous businesses now view horizontal, team based structures as the ideal approach for…show more content…
Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs include social needs which are based on an individual’s desire to be part of a group and self-actualization needs which are an individual’s desire to use abilities to reach his or her full potential. Team building can foster each of these needs by bringing the group together socially and encouraging self-actualization through finding and developing their skills. Steps of the Teambuilding Process For team building to be successful, organizations should build a plan with which to guide the execution of activities. Management must make the goals specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and have a time frame. The five stages of team development proposed by Tuckman in 1975 were forming which is the stage people come together, storming which involves the challenges of conflict, norming where groups begin to be constructive, performing when the team successfully works achieves a goal, and finally transforming the end stage where the mission is complete and has altered the organization (Fapohunda, 2013). While these stages of development are the guide to what the team will do, steps to ensure that these stages happen are key to plan how to make these stages transpire (Llopis 2012, Mealiea & Baltazar, 2005). 1. The manager of a team must evaluate what their leadership style is. How a manager works may not be the same as other employees in the group, so a manager must be able to recognize and adjust if necessary to make sure they are being
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