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Teamwork: Design, Purpose and Benefits

As a supervisor or manager, you want to use teamwork to guide your staff to effectively complete a task or project. Explain the importance of using teamwork in the workplace, some of its benefits, the internal dynamics involved when choosing a team, the best way to design your team, team decision making and the importance of it, and finally creativity; mastering strategies for high performance in the workplace from working in teams.

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Teamwork is vital in the workplace for creating a dynamic where a variety of knowledge, skills, abilities and talent can be utilized in achieving a common goal. Instead of having a few individuals, who may have very similar viewpoints on the project to be accomplished, the benefits of teamwork include the ability to present different alternatives and perspectives on the project - which often leads to discussion, perhaps even healthy debates. It is rare that there is only one way to do things "right" and teamwork helps to create an atmosphere were alternatives can be shared.

When selecting a team, it is important to consider each potential member's strengths, weaknesses and ability to work with others. For example, implementing a new payroll system would likely require input from information technology ...

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This solution is over 500 words and explains how a manager should approach the design of a work team, the purpose for doing so, along with the benefits derived from working within a team. Examples are provided on why teams are useful and how a manager should set clear expectations when it comes to how a team engages decision making.