Team effectiveness (also referred to as group effectiveness) is the capacity a team has to accomplish the goals or objectives administered by an authorized personnel or the organization – Aubé, Caroline; Rousseau, Vincent
The evaluation of how effective a team is, is achieved with the aid of a variety of components derived from research and theories that help in creating a description of the multifaceted nature of team effectiveness. According to Hackman (1987), team effectiveness can be defined in terms of three criteria:
Output – The final outputs produced by the team must meet or exceed the standards set by key constituents within the organisation
Social Processes – The internal social processes operating as the team interacts should enhance, or at least maintain, the group’s ability to work together in the future
Learning – The experience of working in the team environment should act to satisfy rather than aggravate the personal needs of team members.
‘Two heads are better than one’ ‘Teamwork makes the dream work’ … We often hear these phrases but what really makes a team effective? People working as a team can achieve much more than individuals working alone.
Effective teams are made up of people who have the skills necessary to accomplish their goals. Everyone contributes their best to the group. Members exchange in open communication, using active listening and responding. Goals are reasonable and realistic and have a clear time frame for completion. Tasks are divided so that no member is overwhelmed by responsibility. All members are accountable for achieving goals and are motivated to do well.
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