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Social care theory and practice Assessment 4 Teamwork improves communication it isnt just about exchanging information - it is about ideas feelings hopes and desires we find this when we communicate with people we trust and respect It is also about all those things that make us the individuals that we are Another important reason I feel is flexibility good teamwork depends upon a willingness to change to be adaptable open-minded and to learn from skills of others the good care worker should always be flexible enough to change in the light of new knowledge or the opportunity to acquire new skills Negotiation this is a need and willingness to discuss issues consult our clients colleagues and management in reaching optimum solutions to problems and issues Sometimes it involves compromise or confrontation as well as collaboration In order to negotiate with team members and management the team player must be clear about the negotiation and be prepared to compromise There is some evidence which suggests teams go through a common process of development Tuckman 1965 has reviewed the literature on this He says that teams go through the processes of forming getting together storming fighting over territory in the group norming coming to general agreement about how the group should work and performing getting on with work-sharing without worrying too much about relationships in the group Other advantages of teamwork are Can provide a satisfying stimulating and enjoyable working environment Can co-ordinate areas of expertise so that those with different skills can join forces to enhance individual practice Can help to provide a more comprehensive service to service users Another cute list of characteristics has items whose first letter forms the word PERFORM Purpose Empowerment Relationships and communication Flexibility Optimal productivity Recognition Morale QUESTION 2 Identify at least 4 factors that affect team work and what impact these have on the care provided
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