Advantages & Disadvantages of Focusing on Team Results

Instructor: Yuanxin (Amy) Yang Alcocer

Amy has a master's degree in secondary education and has taught math at a public charter high school.

In this lesson, you'll learn why focusing on team results is sometimes more preferable than focusing on individual results. We'll examine some of the advantages and disadvantages of taking this approach.

A Team

As a front line manager, you know how important it is for teams to work together. A team refers to a group of people working together towards a common goal. Imagine that your company is currently working to create a new product. You need a team because it can finish a new product much quicker and much better than any single person. That is the beauty of a team. But, here's a question: Is it better to focus on team results rather than individual results?

For example, instead of acknowledging the individual contributions from each person on your team, you only acknowledge when the team as a whole has made progress on the project. This means that if one person has worked really hard, but the team as a whole didn't make it, then that person, along with the rest of the team, will get a bad result.

Is it better to focus on team results rather than individual results?
focusing team results

What do you think? Is this a good or bad approach? There's advantages and disadvantages in doing so. Let's talk about what they are.

Advantages of Focusing on the Team

First, let's talk about the advantages of focusing on team results. Focusing on team results has some very beneficial advantages, such as helping individual employees learn to get along with other employees. It also makes it easier for you, the manager, to identify those employees that don't work well with others. Sometimes, these employees slow down a company, and the company may be better off letting these people go. If you think about it, working for a company automatically puts you in a team, and a business with employees isn't run by just one person. A company with employees needs everybody to work together for it to succeed. So, it becomes advantageous for companies to focus on team results because it is those that matter for the company.

Focusing on team results also decreases stress levels and increases productivity. When people work together as a team, individuals don't feel the increased pressure to perform all by themselves. Instead, they have a whole team they can rely on for support and help. Similarly, because everybody is working together, the team as a whole can accomplish much more than a single person ever could. The saying, ''two heads are better than one'' is definitely true in a team; everybody working together can solve bigger problems. If one person lacks a skill, another is there to provide it. During your team project for the new company product, if you focus on a team result then you encourage your team to work together to accomplish goals. It's less stressful for everybody because one person isn't responsible for all the work.

Disadvantages of Focusing on the Team

There are lot of advantages to focusing on team results, but there are also disadvantages. For one, this strategy minimizes individual contributions. Some employees are high performers, and when these individuals are put in a team setting, they'll feel as if they are doing most of the work. In some cases this may be true.

Another disadvantage is that it may give low achievers an excuse to not do any work. A team setting lets low performers feel as if other people will take care of the work so they don't have to. Because the focus is no longer on the individual, there is no incentive for them to do work in a team setting.

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