Teamwork without compromise could position your team for a poor ranking by management. Everyone needs to be on the same accord when working on projects. However, there will be times when someone is unable to fulfill a duty and the best thing to do is to agree to work for the betterment of those involved.
Teams exist because more heads are better than one. If the project is large and with deadlines looming in the near future, it is easier to break work into smaller segments. It is also better to have varying views to accomplish a task rather than have a single biased interpretation.
Teams are so important to the workforce that graduate schools are implementing them into their programs. One well known online university is known for its team structures and this is in addition to the individual work students have to present in classes. Cohorts also exist at many universities where students remain with the same team throughout their educational program.
We don’t exist alone. We work with people from different backgrounds and getting on a team that welcomes diversity of races, gender, viewpoints, and abilities is all for the common good of the workforce being represented.
If someone is unable to meet the deadline on a particular segment, then the team must be willing to extend the deadline or pitch in to ensure the deadline is met. That’s not to say there won’t be any disagreements within the team. However, teammates must have an understanding that they will resolve their issues in a manner not detrimental to individuals or the team. If they can’t resolve an issue, they must determine how they will utilize outside sources, such as a mediator to get to a resolution.
At the beginning when teams are being structured, it is wise of the team to draw up a set of Rules of Engagement. The Rules of Engagement will list items of utmost concern to the team. This protects the team’s integrity and welfare. For example, teams can agree how often they should meet and by what mode. Sometimes teammates are separated by distance and they will have to meet virtually. When you have a grand mixture, you must compromise. Relationships have always been and will continue to be built on compromise, regardless of the group dynamics.