Effective work team
Effective work teams are teams that consist of three or more workers who collectively work towards a common goal through coordinated efforts.
Their complementing skills lead to a performance that is better than the sum of their individual input.
Team performance strongly relates to job satisfaction.
This means that when workers are happy with their job, they perform well and, when they perform well, they are happy with their job.
So, it is important for team leaders to do their best to keep team members satisfied with their job.
One way to do that is by motivating them.
There are two types of motivation.
Extrinsic motivation and intrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation comes from tangible rewards that are external to the work itself.
Examples are payments, bonuses and benefits such as phones or laptops.
These rewards are controlled by other people.
Extrinsic rewards are important but for most workers intrinsic rewards are more motivating.
Intrinsic motivation relates to feelings of fulfillment, doing meaningful work and being good in your job.
Intrinsic motivation comes from inside a person and is not a management instrument.
However, team leaders can support the intrinsic motivation of individual members.
For example by facilitating learning activities when team members want to learn new skills or take on different tasks, and by providing constructive feedback.
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