High-performance organizations always make use of different types of business teams so that they can pull out maximum productivity. Although, you may see different businesses calling these teams by different names, these teams are usually for temporary projects, obvious work pattern or cross functional processes. Teambuilding and its training criteria for different types of business teams may be similar, but the work assigned to each team will be vastly different.
So, if you are a project manager and want to divide your subordinates into different types of business teams, here are three types of business teams that most companies implement:
Natural Work Team
* These are permanent business teams with members that are assigned in the same department with the same type of job or individual jobs.
* This team is given a political objective and goal to accomplish along with sufficient decision-making power and the need to consult the management only when needed.
* Since the team is together, it brings forward greater understanding and joint work effort.
* This type of team brings out greater productivity and higher efficiency with greater problem solving skills.
* A task is easy to implement in such business teams, since the group work together.
This is another category in types of business teams and is usually put together to accomplish a particular project, solve a particular problem or analyze potential business opportunities within a deadline.
* The purpose of the team, budget, deadline, decision-making boundaries all may be predetermined. Either the team head or the team is allowed to schedule and divide their work assignments.
* There may be a potential problem of conflict in interest since team members are from different work areas.
* The team would have a project manager along with the regular manager to whom they can report.
* There could be a work assigned to each member of the team according to their skill level, area of expertise, ability to learn and problem solving skills.
* If necessary, the team can have a sub-team inside the team for greater efficiency.
Cross Function Team
This may be a permanent or temporary business team depending on the work. The work here is typically about focusing or implementing an organizational change.
* The team involves people who have greater communication skills and should be open to communicate within the team and outside it whenever necessary.
* The members of the team are put together from previous departments, so that each department holds an important role in the project.
* The benefit of putting together such a team is higher customer satisfaction with group work which leads to faster process improvements.
* It may take some time for the assigned work to implement since people from different departments and may have a slight communication problem in the beginning.
* Since the team has people from different departments, the idiot of expertise and knowledge also widens accordingly.
The above three different types of business teams are usually implemented in high productivity organizations. Teamwork has always seemed to be one of the most effective strategies to higher productivity and continues to be the most adopted option.