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Do We Build Teams Or Subordinates?

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Today you will read topic on: Do We Build Teams Or Subordinates?
Team building is all about determining how a certain group of people work together and what kind of attitude they show to each other while working as members of the same group. This activity has become extremely significant in the modern corporate world that is characterized by intense competition and risk of survival. 
This is mainly because if people in an organization work as a team, they can carry a given responsibility in the most efficient manner since the specified job will be divided into several parts and each such part will be entrusted with a particular member as per his expertise. As such, team work also ensures a close cooperation and harmony amongst the various employees in an organization which, in turn, enables the organization to achieve its financial goals.
Teams hold the members of an organization both horizontally as well vertically. Horizontally, it seeks to ensure a tight bonding between top- level managers and executives and low- level subordinates. Speaking about vertical cooperation, it aims to ensure a harmonious relationship between employees belonging to the same level of authority.
But to build a team that ensures long- term cooperation amongst the various employees of the organization is not a very simple task. The process of team building requires a very well- organized strategy through which it can be determined how the various employees coming from different parts or sections of the society and probably meeting one another for the first time actually get on with each other and work together to achieve the common goals of the organization. The major barriers that obstruct members of an enterprise to work as a team are as follows:-
Barrier 1- Adults have a more complicated behavior than children
A group of adults cannot really jell- up together as easily as a group of children. This is mainly because children like the company of their age- group members with whom they can share ideas and spend time. But when these very children grow up, they do not really like to reveal their abilities or ideas to others owing to the need of proving themselves better than the others in the field of work that will ensure more success and recognition in the corporate world.
Barrier 2- Adults are reluctant to accept changes
Adults never want a change in their usual order of life, be it personal or professional, especially once they have adapted themselves to a particular kind of life- style or work culture. Even if that change can improve the present scenario, they think that any change in their current order of life will bring a lot of inconvenience that is ultimately going to put them in utmost trouble. This was the reason why many employees in almost all the business enterprises were thoroughly against the introduction of computers which was likely to reduce the work- stress of employees, enhance the speed and efficiency of work and reduce the cost of the enterprise.
Barrier 3- Employees do not understand the relevance of team building lessons in their   work- field
Most of the employees think that working together or individually does not really make any difference since in both the cases, they have to carry out their own responsibilities. But they forget a very thin, yet prominent difference between individual and group effort. In the former case, one has to perform all the tasks, irrespective of one’s expertise in executing a job. But in the latter case, an employee only has to carry out that specific job in which he possesses specialization. In this way, the burden of work decreases and the quality of performance enhances.
In order to overcome the above mentioned barriers to team building, every manager pertaining to every department has a huge responsibility of grooming his subordinates in a manner such that they understand the true significance of both horizontal as well as vertical cooperation in a business firm. Once they realize the importance of a sound and harmonious connection that they should maintain with their colleagues, they will open themselves up to the other employees working in the same team. Moreover, these subordinates must be trained with the latest available resources so that they learn how to carry out their job in minimum time and low cost. Further, the subordinates should taught the value of a favorable change in the organization so that their unwilling attitude towards a gradual transformation within the organizational framework ultimately gets removed and they welcome wholeheartedly, any such changes which can work for the better in a business enterprise.  
Thus, we find that building subordinates in an organization is no different from building teams. The former activity is only a sub- function of the latter. If we are grooming a group of subordinates, then we are actually serving to the cause of team building since these very subordinates are going to make up a team. Along with this, building or training subordinates automatically eliminates all the barriers coming in the way of building a team. So, by building subordinates, we are ultimately facilitating the process of building teams in a business organization. Therefore, one should not raise a question if the organization is building teams or subordinates since these two activities are interrelated where the latter one is a part of the former.
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