s Your Team Becoming Dysfunctional?
Blog | 10.05.2012

Heeding the Warning Signs of a Dysfunctional Team

When a group of employees lose their effectiveness while working together to achieve a common organizational goal, they become a dysfunctional team. In a dysfunctional team either a single member or a group of members fail to align their commitments and sense of interdependence with the progressive environment of teamwork. However the management’s efforts to understand the causes behind this can get the team back on track.

The factors giving rise to dysfunctional teams in an organization are many and often overlooked by the management. Hence, it is important for the leadership to be actively involved and facilitate better functioning within their work teams by coupling hard work with clear objectives and better task allotment in order to get the best from the teams every day.

Here are some aspects, which should be taken care of in order to avoid team’s lackluster performance:

Defining the goals and even work distribution: A successful team should always have well-defined goals and a well-crafted road map before they start with the projects. Managers or team leaders must ensure that the individual efforts of every team member count first and the overall assignment requires to be evenly distributed without overburdening selective members in the team. The spirit of teamwork is visible when each individual contributes to the overall achievement of his team’s goal by doing his part of the assignment diligently.

Maintaining overall focus and team’s accountability: Lack of focus and accountability are the major causes of a dysfunctional team. Teams need to focus on their goals in order to align their daily efforts with the systematic progress of their work. A dysfunctional team also lacks accountability along with lack of focus, which needs to be taken care of by the management. A team, which is led by the sense of pushing back deadlines and wandering away from the tasks, never contributes to the overall success of an organization

Leadership and the team environment: Team members effectively respond to a leader who himself is a good team player and an excellent facilitator of interpersonal-relationships. S/he shapes the behaviour that is expected from a team by giving them a sense of control and responsibility. Moreover a leader should always emphasize on the common goals of the team and what is expected out of them.

In this manner a leader can take a good control over the way the team is working, moreover they can take help of technology in order to make their team’s working pattern more streamlined. Our product Sapience is one such patent-pending software solution that provides enterprises with accurate information on the working patterns of the users through a high degree of automation. Our unique application performs Smart Effort Analytics, which provides a detailed analysis of the course of action each team member has taken in a day, which indicates their contribution to the set goals and performance standards. It also gives lead indicators regarding the team under or over utilisation, which can be corrected once known. Henceforth in this manner individuals and teams can improve their productivity by optimizing their working patterns with Sapience. To learn more, please write to us at sales@sapienceanalytics.com