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Effective modern leaders use focused work teams to solve business problems and to make business processes more efficient.

A work team is a temporary committee formed of employees collectively charged with responsibility for solving specific problems. Team members study their problem, suggest improvements in how products are created or services delivered, and then disband. Team members with different competencies and perspectives are chosen based on their relevance for solving the problem at hand. If the problem to be worked on touches multiple departments, representative employees from those departments are on the team. The diversity of team member's combined experience and hands-on knowledge regarding business processes means that they are more likely to come up with innovative and effective solutions than are management types who have a more abstracted understanding of business processes. By efficiently optimizing details of business procedure, teams free leaders to spend ...

 

 
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How can teams be successful in a workplace?

  • Effective modern leaders use focused work teams to solve business problems and to make business processes more efficient.
  • The diversity of team member's combined experience and hands-on knowledge regarding business processes means that they are more likely to come up with innovative and effective solutions than are management types who have a more abstracted understanding of business processes.
  • Efficiently cutting across layers of hierarchy to solve problems, work teams are one of the more efficient tools at a leader's disposal for orchestrating organizational change.
  • When properly managed, teams can be a major asset. When poorly managed, they can be counterproductive.
  • There are several key concepts that affect the achievement, problem support and morale-building potential of fully functioning teams including boundaries, how conflict is handled, the vision/mission/goals of the team, and leadership roles.

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How can stress and burnout be effectively managed in the workplace?

  • Stress can be defined as the reaction we have to difficult, demanding or challenging events.
  • People try many ways, both positive and negative, to lessen their stress levels.
  • There is no shortage of urgent requests that confront us in a normal day. Some of these, no doubt, must be attended to. But many, if not most, only have the appearance of needing immediate attention.
  • Work worries are not necessarily going to go away, but you can respond differently to the stress they cause using one of these 4 strategies to maintain a healthy mind and body.
  • One of the key features of burn out at work is emotional exhaustion, that is, those feelings that you are overextended and exhausted by your work.
  • Time management methods involve finding ways to work more efficiently, so as to maximize one's use of time.
  • Employees trying to get back to work after a mental health setback often face obstacles to their reintegration and progress. Here's some ways to develop return-to-work policies that address the unique needs of employees who have faced mental health challenges.

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How should communication and conflict resolution occur in the workplace?

  • Knowing more about how to communicate clearly and with sensitivity can help you to avoid problems before they start.
  • An assertive person communicates freely, but in a respectful, non-threatening manner. Assertiveness is a balancing act, requiring thoughtfulness and social awareness.
  • Your relationships with other people are characterized by boundaries that define the degree of closeness appropriate to each relationship.
  • Relationship maintenance gets a whole lot easier when you learn how to communicate what it is you want from people in clear and unambiguous language.
  • Being committed to a relationship basically boils down to taking that relationship seriously: showing reciprocity towards the relationship, respecting its boundaries and doing your best to communicate and listen clearly and well.
  • Effectively navigating work relationships requires that we first know our goals in the situation. It's important to know not only what specific results you want to achieve, but also how you want the other person to feel about you after the interaction and how you want to feel about yourself.

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