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Working in Teams and Being Happy

Indrayani

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17-Dec-2014
  • Mr. Jo Wise is working for last 40 years as an accountant, but he would always have his lunch alone.
  • In a manufacturing organization where operations department is most curcial one, maximum absentees have been reported from it.
  • An engineer in the Instrumentation department working for the multinational organization for 3 years could not answer Quality statement of the organization during Quality Audit.
  • A fresh software engineer in an IT company finds it difficult to continue to work in any company. It’s her fourth job in last 2 years. In her exit interview, it shows that she is not happy with the teams.

In any work environment, it is important for all employees to share a common goal, namely, to complete tasks that will benefit the company or organizational group. If each team member does his/her part well, the task will ultimately come together. And most importantly, a cohesive work environment increases the likelihood of employee satisfaction.

Amongst the most important factors in to achieve group cohesion at a workplace is trust. Since individual employees possess their own values and beliefs, it can take time for each team member to develop trusting relationships with other co-workers. Once trust is established, an employee is better able to focus on his/her individual tasks and trust that other employees abide by similar standards. Trust also enables employees to share advice within their cohort when finding themselves in an unfamiliar situation. Ultimately, trust enhances connected-ness among co-workers and serves to promote group cohesion.

These suggestions are basic guidelines to achieve and maintain group cohesiveness at a workplace.

1.     Participate in fun activity, possibly outdoors, like a family day at the park to allow family members interact with one another. This day will allow everyone to get to know each other and to feel a part of the workplace family, thus strengthening group cohesiveness.

2.     Try and eat together at the lunch time. Interact with co-workers; appreciate each other for their day to day achievements.

3.     Join a company’s network of employees; more likely group cohesion can be obtained.

4.     Get active in compay’s small activities. Accept the group’s norm and adjust accordingly.

5.     Link your goals and objectives with group or/ & company.

6.     Last but not the least “whatever goes around comes around”.

A feeling of oneness with the work group promotes closer relationships among the team members and people remains motivated and dedicated within the group, thus building group cohesiveness. Cohesiveness in work groups has many positive effects, including work satisfaction, low absenteeism, and higher productivity. Evidence suggests that groups typically outperform individuals when the tasks involved require a variety of skills, experience, and decision making. Groups are often more flexible and can quickly assemble, achieve goals, and disband or move on to another set of objectives. Group members are more likely to participate in decision-making and problem-solving activities leading to empowerment and increased productivity.

– Indrayani Valinjkar | MBA – HR,

MA – Counselling Psychologist, Certified Yoga teacher

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