Why have Simulated Workplace Teams?

Well-developed guidelines for teams within the Simulated Workplace help to increase goal achievement, process efficiency and employee - "student" satisfaction. Clarifying group goals, setting up clear structures and roles, and establishing clear channels for communication and task completion are important steps in building and utilizing teams effectively. When employees - "students" have clarity about their roles and feel confident about their contributions to the overall goal, workplace tasks tend to progress more efficiently and effectively. Here are some strategies for developing guidelines for teams in the Simulated Workplace.

  • Develop a clear goal and mission for the business
  • Establish an effective communication system
    • Rules of the communication system may include listening when others are speaking.
    • Team members should speak honestly; however remember to refrain from belittling others.
  • Create a clear understanding of each team's structure and role
    • Develop a task list.
    • Rotate roles to increase skill building and team effort.
    • Clarify team deadlines — ensure all members understand and follow through on these deadlines.
  • Encourage collaboration
    • Motivate team members to collaborate and work as one.
    • Minimize competition by rewarding group incentives.
  • Develop problem solving strategies
    • Use conflicts and problems as opportunities for the team to grow.
    • Integrate brainstorming times.
    • Encourage team members to take a break when they reach a stalemate.

Recommended Teams / Jobs

  • Safety Team
  • Quality Control Team
  • Project Manager / Project Team
  • Division Chief / Job Foreman
  • Information Technology Team
  • Board of Directors
  • Policy / Procedure Review Team