Team working in organisations is commonplace. Workplace teams can be formal in that people are brought together from different functions or departments to work on a specific project. There are also informal teams in the workplace, for example, a team working together to organise a social event. However, individuals can also be part of a formal or informal team outside of work. A football team is an example of a formal team. It has a team captain with the rest of the team having specific positions or roles with the purpose of scoring or preventing goals. Informal teams could be a group of friends who meet outside of school or college who share a common interest such as cycling. A team is more than a group of people who happen to work together. An effective team is one which:
• shares a common purpose
• respects and supports each other
• has high commitment to achieving targets
• has a clear understanding of the work and the role of each team member
• is good at generating and sharing ideas
• has open communication between team members.
Team working is integral to the way Capco operates. Its teams are composed of a variety of people from different areas of the business. They work together, using their different strengths, skills and experience to deliver a project.
‘We are natural partners with our clients, colleagues, and our community, and we are at our best when working as a team.’