Are the group dynamics at your workplace beneficial, or do the staff meetings fall apart at the drop of a hat? The committee approach to business can be extremely effective – when carried out properly. Discover expert management techniques that will establish teamwork in your workplace and foster trust in your coworkers.
One of the oldest debates in business circles are the pros and cons of group work. Many argue that businesses have gone too far in the use of the committee approach for resolving issues. Others say that teams are one of the best tools for involving employees in everyday decisions. These supporters also claim that establishing strong group dynamics is an ethical and moral way to manage an organization.
Are you keeping up?
One of the main reasons businesses need committees is to exchange information with one another. It is next to impossible to keep abreast of all the information, data and new developments within a particular field. This includes reading relevant reports, books, articles, research papers and attending conferences.
Examples of ineffective committees.
A committee cannot reach its efficiency potential until its members can function as a team. There are many examples of ineffective teamwork: the boss dominates meetings and the committee serves as a rubber stamp for his or her ideas; meetings are poorly run with no common understanding of the outcome; or people attend meetings against their will.
Teamwork is the lifeblood of a successfully operated committee. There are five elements of effective group dynamics:
- A personal desire to have the team accomplish something of value.
- A desire to learn from your teammates.
- A willingness to share the information.
- Recognizing that you must ask questions in a courteous and respectful way.
- All team members accept and rally around goals.