Symptoms of Dysfunctional Teams

In every workplace, there is always discussion about building the team, working as a team, my team, etc. However, few have the knowledge nor understand how to create the experience of team work or how to develop an effective team. In order to create successful teams through team building, one must recognize the symptoms that signal a need for team building to begin with.


  • Decreased productivity

  • Conflicts or hostility among staff members

  • Confusion about assignments, missed signals, and unclear relationships

  • Decisions misunderstood or not carried through properly

  • Apathy and lack of involvement

  • Lack of initiation, imagination, innovation; routine actions taken for solving complex problems

  • Complaints of discrimination or favoritism

  • Ineffective staff meetings, low participation, minimally effective decisions

  • Negative reactions to the manager

  • Complaints about quality of service


Belonging to a team, in the broadest sense, is a result of feeling part of something larger than yourself. It has a lot to do with your understanding of the mission or objectives of your organization. Getting to the core of why you need team-building, will assist in getting exactly what you need from the experience and achieved the desired results. With good team-building skills, you can unite employees around a common goal and generate greater productivity. Without them, you limit yourself and the staff to the effort each individual can make alone.



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