Group Dynamics – 1. Team Roles

Productive teams tend to establish guidelines for interaction that though often officially unstated become group norms – informal standards of behavior that members follow and that direct their actions. For example, in some teams it is perfectly acceptable to show up 10 or 15 minutes late for meetings, while other teams expect strict adherence to schedules. In this light, when referring to the interactions and processes that take place among the members of a team, organizational behavior experts often use the term ‘group dynamics’.

In the opinion of some professionals from a Certified transcript Translation  Service Agency, group dynamics are swayed by a number of factors: including the functions that the participants in the team serve, the current developmental stage of the group, its conflict resolving ability and its ability to overcome resistance to change.

Each member of a team usually plays a certain role that affects the outcome of the group activities. This role can generally be classified as either functional or dysfunctional.  Legal translation workers further clarify, that apart from this general division, the role a team member assumes can be further categorized as self-oriented, team-maintenance or task-facilitating.

Team members who take on self-serving functions usually put their own needs ahead of the needs of the team they belong to. Though usually highly skilled and experienced people, they often don’t perform as well as one might expect and in practice they often turn out to be less valuable than others in the group. Moreover, as a French translator adds, other team members may avoid interacting with them simply because they often are people with difficult personalities.

While members who take on self-oriented functions are generally considered dysfunctional, team-maintenance and task-facilitating roles are generally considered functional. Members who take on maintenance functions, for example, have a higher likelihood of making meaningful contributions and are mre likely to help reach agreement and cooperation. Those who take on task-oriented roles, are more likely to work towards and eventually to help the team reach its goals.

By Sarah Hudson

Advantages and Disadvantages of Teams

Contemporary research workers in the field of organizational behavior believe that successful teams can largely improve productivity, increase employee involvement, foster creativity, and even provide for better job security. And yet, although teams can play a vital role in helping an organization reach its goals, the professionals from a Chinese translation agency in California remind us, that they are not the “ultimate” solution, for they might not be appropriate for a given situation. Moreover, even when they are appropriate, the particular organization needs to weigh both the pros and cons for using a team-based approach. It is true that a successful team can provide a number of advantages: pooling the experience of several individuals often results in increased information and knowledge and thus better decisions made. In addition, team members can bring a variety of perspectives to the decision-making process. However, as the Spanish translation workers also remind us, the multiple perspectives can hamper the joint efforts unless they are guided by and centered on a shared goal.

Another advantage of team work is that it often improves the likelihood that employees will embrace a solution because they developed it. In addition, since the members of the team have a greater likelihood of embracing the solution that they developed, they will likely try harder to encourage other workers to accept it.

Working in teams can foster creativity and unleash new levels of energy in employees who share a sense of purpose and mutual accountability. According to Milwaukee German Translation Service professionals, effective teams can perform better than individuals at solving complex problems. Finally, since individuals are social beings who need to belong to a group, teams fill this individual worker’s need. Working in a team also reduces boredom at the workplace, increases the feelings of self-worth and dignity, as well as lowers stress, anxiety and tension between workers.

By Margarita Mihaylova