P1 Unit 1

Unit 19 –Developing Teams in Business
P1: Describe different types of teams and the benefits of teams for an organization
To: Tesco Store Manager
From: Leah Kennedy
Date: Tuesday 31th January 2016
Subject: Types of Team and their Associated Benefits

“Two heads are better than one.” We’ve all heard the old adage encouraging teamwork, but what does working together really do for you? There are many different types of teams that a company has in place to make sure the business runs promptly.
Types of teams:
Formal team is a structured team, created for a specific purpose. It will have a leader and everybody within the team will have a distinct role. For example, a football team would be a formal team. There would be a team captain and everybody in the team will have a position to play when each game starts.

An informal team has no structure and everybody within the team has equal status. They often come together by chance. An informal team provides an opportunity for everybody to work together. For example, a group of friends might arrange a holiday together.

Within all organisations there may be a number of formal and informal teams. Informal groups are particularly good at providing support for formal groups. For example, if a number of people at work are friends, this may support the work of their formal team. Informal groups help as they provide opportunities for sharing ideas and communicating across departments.

Like permanent teams, temporary teams lose their importance, once the task is accomplished. Such teams are usually formed for a shorter duration either to assist the permanent team or work when the members of the permanent team are busy in some other project.
When organizations have excess of work, they generally form temporary teams which work in association with the members of the permanent team for the accomplishment of the task within the stipulated time.
Small teams: A team that consists of a small number of people, such as a...