Teamwork can be likened to two compounds, almost essential to modern life. It’s the glue which keeps a team together, a bond which promotes strength, unity, reliability and support.
The office that I work in is open plan with various sections of the IT department spread across 3 floors. This has brought a strong feeling of ‘one team’ as we are able to see and speak face-to-face with other teams on a daily basis.
Every morning, the team and I have a morning conference call using Skype. During this morning call we discuss any major or minor updates. The call is organised by one of the team members, who ensures that everyone has a chance to speak in turn. The calls gives a chance for everyone to share what their day will consist of and ensure everyone has the sufficient resources and knowledge to carry out their duties. As well as this, the call also allows the manager to inform everyone missing, perhaps due to sickness or annual leave. This allows someone else to take over their daily duties for the day, or to assist to ensure deadlines are met.
Knowledge sharing is an important activity for my team. With duties always piling up for those more experienced, it is important that they share their knowledge of how to carry out certain important tasks, so that they can be dealt with during busier times where complicated tasks are required to be carried out. It also allows dependability, which means one person isnt worried all the time.
Skype for business
Much of the communication within my workplace happen via Skype, either through IM Messaging or voice and video conferencing. In spite of my team being separated by at least 300 miles from each other it seems like we were sitting together in one room.
This is a vital tool which allows staff to share information and resources all stored via the cloud, this allows effective communication as well.
Teamwork is also the oil that makes the team work. It can enable smoother movement towards targets, can prolong forward momentum, and can help teams to overcome obstacles.