Teams values: Collectivism
- Greater levels of collectivism in groups lead to higher team performance
- Collectivistic cultures include much of Asia, the Middle East and South America
- By contrast, the United States, UK and Australia tend to be quite individualistic
Source: Bell, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2007
Cultivate collectivism to improve team performance.
Person-team fit: perceived congruence
- Low: You don't have much in common with your coworkers, and their work ethic is very different from your own.
- Moderate: You have a good working relationship with your coworkers, but don't socialize with them outside of work. Although they are about your age, you don't have many common interests.
- High: Your coworkers are all about your age and have similar interests. You also have a good working relationship with your coworkers, often socializing together outside of work
Source: Kristof Brown et al., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2002
The more you can get team members to fit, the more benefits will outcome from the team:
- Job satisfaction
- Org commitment
- Intent to quit
- Group cohesion
- Employee performance
toward the group |supervisor |organization
Source: Kristof Brown et al., Personnel Psychology, 2005
You can come from different backgrounds but you have to cultivate the fit in terms of shared values and goals.