Six Requirements of Effective Team Membership
By: Shirley Lee
Business organizations looking for ways to build effective work teams need to select the right people for teams based on individual’s willingness and group expectations. Only when the right members make up the best teams can organizations expect to reap the benefits of improved quality, faster production, lower costs, or increased revenue. Below are six requirements of potential team members in order to be effective working together.
1. All members must be willing to support the team mission and work toward accomplishing team goals.
2. Each member should understand their role within the team, as well as what skills, knowledge, and abilities they have to contribute toward the team’s success.
3. All members must be willing to decide how they will work together by jointly developing a code of conduct, ground rules, or team principles.
4. Each member should commit to working within the team’s plans and priorities, including attendance at meetings and training deemed necessary for the team.
5. All members must be willing to work collaboratively on problem-solving and accept change as part of process improvement.
6. Each team member should be respectful of others, welcome diversity, and establish both trust and accountability within the team.
If organizations communicate the above six requirements related to individual willingness and group expectations for team members, they will find that the team will be more effective in their joint work. An effective team with the right members should help the organization reach their goals related to improved quality, faster production, lower costs, or increased revenue. Effective teams are a vital part of conducting business.
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