The use of teams in the workplace brings a collaboration of ideas and thoughts that can produce an improved result. Teams are made of varied individuals that come from different backgrounds, experiences, and values, bringing depth and vision to projects being developed; these differences can also bring about conflict. There are varying types of conflict, some beneficial and some detrimental; likewise, there are many reasons that conflicts arise. In a team environment taking simple steps to recognize issues and keep communication among members open helps to avoid negative conflict before it can eclipse the project. Generally, this is preferable to the arduous task of conflict resolution.
Almost every team experiences conflict at some point or another. The key is to recognize conflict exists, and depending on the situation and type of conflict, employ a viable solution that will effectively negate the conflict. Many areas of conflict can lead to ineffectiveness within a team environment. Each area has its own unique set of circumstances and can affect every situation differently.
Conflict in a team environment usually is not beneficial. Conflict within the team exists because there is a problem that can debilitate the processes of the team making it ineffective. A rift between the team members may create a void or gap. It may start small, such as an individual not performing their portion of the work. This small rift can itself lead to a very large problem or it can catapult into others areas of the team processes if it is not resolved. What was once a small problem, can lead to a severe problem threatening the foundation of the team. That is why communication and the ability of team members to work cohesively are vital. The foundation of any team is the ability to communicate and act as one to complete an assigned task. When there is failure in one of these areas, the team is unable to function properly. Being able to communicate with each other will help get issues and problems out into the open.
One of the largest forms of conflict within a team environment is the lack of individual productivity; this can also be one of the easiest types of conflicts to resolve if confronted. When an individual is not performing their portion, it can have a negative affect on the other team members. A few scenarios can take place when this happens.
The ideal scenario would be to confront the individual to get them to contribute. It would be harder on the rest of the team to perform the work of the individual and loosing or replacing a team member can be costly. It would take more time and money getting the new individual caught up to the current state of the team. Unfortunately, this is what has to happen to have an effective team.
Lack of leadership can be another source of team conflict. There are several types of team environments, but leadership or direction is a necessity for any team. The team must jointly direct and guide its efforts even if the team functions without a titled leader. The leadership role is to assure that the team is progressing at a rate meeting the required goal. Deadlines exist in every type of assignment or project. The guidance that the leader provides by managing the team environment is critical to assure the teams meets the deadline. The leader also helps resolve conflicts if the team cannot make the decision for themselves. The overall team effectiveness is the primary responsibility of the leader.
At times there can be members in a group which take over and try to perform all of the work or try to wield power that is not theirs to give, these types of members are classified as dominant members. The personality of an individual determines if they are going to be a dominant member. Most people understand the importance of a team concept but there are those who have the ?mentality. This type of mentality negatively affects the team. The advantage of team-oriented endeavors includes, sharing new ideas and cooperatively completing projects, thereby reducing the load of each person. The role that each member plays is equally important in a team.