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    Define work teams. What are the various types of work teams? What are essentials of Building Teams? How individuals can be shaped as team players? How various concepts of effective group formation used in team building? Prepare a class presentation covering the above aspects of team building.

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    Work Teams
    A Small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, common performance goals, and an approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable

    Types of Work Teams
    On the basis of their objectives, teams can be classified into different types.
    The three kinds of teams most commonly found in organizations are: -
    1. Problem-solving teams.
    2. Self-managed work teams.
    3. Cross-functional teams.

    Problem Solving Teams
    -Such teams generally consists of around 5 to 12 employees.
    -These employees meet for a specific number of hours per week to discuss various ways of improving quality, efficiency and the work environment.
    -Problem solving teams are temporary teams that deal with some specific problems at the workplace.
    -A commonly used problem solving team was the Quality Circle.

    Quality Circle
    A Quality Circle (QC) is defined as a small group of employees in the same work area or doing similar type of work that voluntarily meets regularly for about an hour every week to identify, analyze and resolve work-related problems.

    Objectives of Quality Circle
    -Bringing about a change in the attitude of employees by improving the quality of work life.
    -Teaching additional skills to employees and bringing out their latent potential.
    -Developing a team spirit in the organization and reducing conflict between departments.
    -Involving people at different levels in finding a solution to a problem.
    -Improving the motivation level of employees.
    -Providing employees with a conducive work environment

    Self-Managed Work Teams
    -Problem-solving teams allowed employees to make suggestions and recommendations, but did not involve them in taking work-related decisions.
    -To involve teams in organizational matters, fully autonomous teams, called self-managed ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution explains all the aspects of work teams including problem-solving, self-managed and cross-functional teams. PowerPoint included.