Basic Teamwork Skills

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Company teamwork can be defined as a group of individuals working harmoniously towards a common goal, according to the educational experts at the NDT Resource Center website. When you teach and utilize basic teamwork skills, you are setting the foundation for more efficient employee interaction. When your staff is working together as a team, it is more productive and adds more to the company's bottom line.

Communication

In order for a team to work together effectively, there must be well-defined lines of communication. Each team member needs to understand how to communicate with the rest of the team, and there also needs to be a clear directory established of what types of communication each team member is to receive. Quick and efficient communication is the foundation of a productive team.

Delegation

Each member of a team needs to understand their own responsibilities as well as each others'. When a task comes up, it can then quickly be routed to the correct person to take care of it. Teamwork can be slowed significantly when delegation of responsibility is not understood or properly utilized.

Authority

One of the important parts of the foundation of a team is a hierarchy of authority. The group manager is at the top, and then there are sub-managers assigned to each group within the team. In some cases the hierarchy is an official one created and mapped out by the company. In other cases it is a hierarchy that is created through experience. The staff knows who can best lead it, and follows that lead to complete each assigned task.

Support

When team members get sick, have family emergencies or need to leave the team for any reason, there needs to be plans in place to deal with the loss of a teammate. People need to be cross-trained on responsibilities in order to get the job done. Sometimes your teammate is having a bad day or a difficult time with a particular task. Knowing how to pick a teammate up when she needs it is one of the skills that keeps a team going.

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George N. Root III began writing professionally in 1985. His publishing credits include a weekly column in the "Lockport Union Sun and Journal" along with the "Spectrum," the "Niagara Falls Gazette," "Tonawanda News," "Watertown Daily News" and the "Buffalo News." Root has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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