Team Working - What Stops Teams From Working Effectively?

When teams get to performing there is no doubting the value and benefit that they bring. Sometimes however, teams just do not work effectively. So what stops teams from working effectively?

Fuzzy goals or objectives

If a team does not know with absolute clarity what it is to deliver, chances are that at best it will deliver something of little value or at worst nothing at all. Don't compromise the ability of the team by leaving it to try and finger out what it is to deliver. Make it crystal clear.

Roles are not defined

Just imagine a scenario. Something has not gone as expected and everyone is saying that they thought that someone else was doing the task that was so critical. When riles are not defined things fall down a track and when things fall down a crack no one wins. Get clear on who is doing what.

Bad decision making

Taking decisions as a team is different to taking decisions individually. It requires team members to rely on each other, a concept that might be alien. One thing is certain you will get some decisions wrong. The key is to aim to get a clear decision making process on the team that everyone understands.

Policies and procedures that are past their sell by date

Organisations, especially big organisations need to have some boundaries and protocols which are typically set out in policies and procedures. Trouble is these policies and procedures can easily become onerous our out of touch with current practice. Make sure that policies and procedures are still relevant.

People don't interact with each other appropriately

We all based on our experiences, background, professional disciplines have different preferences. Trouble is people often forget this and fail to adapt their style to move closer to the people they are interacting with. Make a point of thinking about the other person's preferences when interacting.

Bottom Line- Teams when working well together have the potential to deliver great results. So what's getting in the way of successful team working in your organisation?

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements (G&A) works with teams in large public and private sector organisations who want to work more effectively and achieve better results. He is an authorised Facilitator for Team Coaching International's Team Diagnostic Asssessment.

He invites you to check out details of his sevices and programmes at


Office Temporaries: How to Protect Yourself Against Dishonest Co-workers

Expected to do some questionable things on your new temporary assignment? If so, here are several things you might want to do to cover yourself.

1.  Don't agree to do anything that you know full well is breaking the law, handbook, and other similar things.  Notify the temporary agency immediately and be prepared to quit the assignment even if they convince you to stay.

2.  Document who asked you to perform an illegal or questionable act, what the person said and include the date and time the conversations took place and where. Be sure to keep detailed notes what was asked of you and save the information elsewhere.

3.  Make copies of anything that will support your case especially if law enforcement is involved.

4.  Speak with a trusted attorney, someone who doesn't have a long-term relationship with someone who works there or is affiliated somehow with the corporation.

5.  Watch your back.  Even though you might assume some people would never do anything to hurt you or your family, never underestimate them.

Remember, you agreed to work to assist an organization, not to protect dishonest people and do their dirty work.

Nicholl McGuire


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Workplace Cleanup

Imagine a work place where everything is in disarray (no, I’m not talking about my desk), where yesterday’s garbage has yet to be collected and where the floor reflects the rainy condition the past few days. Both management and employees will clearly have a hard time concentrating on their work when presented with such circumstance. The solution for this situation is to janitorial cleaning services.

For a company, productivity is almost always equated to profit. But how can one earn profit if the employees themselves are not motivated to deliver quality service? I’m not asking that the management increase the salaries of their employees (but if they’re willing and able, I’m not the one complaining) I’m just suggesting that they start with the working environment. Another would be the perception of the clients. If your company boasts cracked floors, chipping walls or unsanitary lavatories---no customer will make the mistake in doing business with you. Again, you need to get someone offering janitorial services. Be it daily, weekly, bi-monthly or during board meetings, commercial contractors office cleaning experts will certainly give you an ambience as corporate as any business should be.

Now, how will one choose the perfect commercial cleaning service? Here’s my shot at answering that question. More often than not, everyone will go for the company who provides impeccable maintenance and who utilizes cleaning supplies office management prefers. This is easy to say, but hard to accomplish. The administration must note what the company and its employees really need. One salient point inherent in a good cleaning service is that they assess the workplace before doing, touching or even cleaning anything. Their experience cleaners will recommend what has to be done in accordance to your company’s preference. Also, they will apply only the finest of office janitorial supplies to address your requests. Take time to know what cleaning crew you’ll be hiring. List question you want to ask pertaining their services. The Q&A could be done through email or phone. Though I advise that a personal consultation/estimate be done in the actual building. If you’ve searched the web for said service, a chunk of industry players offer free estimate. Take advantage of these offers, remember, they are free. But one must be careful. The lowest estimate does not mean that you’re getting a good deal; same applies with an overly expensive janitorial services. Paying a large portion of your savings does not necessarily equate to premium, first-class cleaning.

Going back to the assessment issue, an average commercial cleaning knows how to sanitize the carpet but it takes a good cleaning company to recognize when to stop cleaning and start replacing. This is also applicable to wall paintings when chipping gets underway and floor tiles when it begins to break. License, bonded and insured. Three words that could make or break a business. The phrase is aimed towards both the janitorial cleaning service and their customers. Without these, no client will dare bring their business to your establishment. When an accident happens (hope it doesn’t), be it in the form of injury to an individual or to property, the customer will have the recourse, which is to claim damages from the cleaning company----provided the latter is fully insured.

Sometimes, no research could come close to a well-recommended and referred company. Ask your sister company or subsidiary (if you have one) or you may opt to solicit such from your previous boss or management.

Whatever you choose, just remember the purpose behind all of these. This is not for profit alone; this is for both the employees and management to provide them with a professional environment conducive to effective service.

For more information, check out this site on janitorial cleaning services. Sheryll Cross is a web copywriter for a web design company associated with a Georgia-based company offering janitorial cleaning office cleaning, janitorial services, janitorial

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