To provide quality and timely medical services, medical facilities need to maintain an orchestrate team; the concerned facility management has the role of developing groups within an organization to form teams that will benefit patients and the company. Developing and maintaining teams is a strategic process that requires top management and employees support. This paper discusses team management in medical facilities.
In medical institutions, the entire facility can be regarded as a team since it has the noble goal of improving medical care in the region they operate. Within the larger institutions, there are small groups mandated to undertake certain tasks, they include the nursing team, human resources teams, administration and pool of doctors. They work “independently” to the benefit of the organization.
When people of different experiences, ages and professions come together to fulfill a certain goal, they cannot be called a team; a team has some unique characteristics they include:
Teams have an objective that they aim at fulfilling; all members in the team well understand the role they play in the fulfillment of the team’s goals and objectives. When working in a team, despite the differences in profession, experiences and differentiation of tasks, team members should be treating each other equally with an appropriate members respect.
In orchestrate teams, members have high respect of each other opinion and with the guidance of the team leader, they find their path and develop strategies together; there is consultation among them and each aims at improving the other member in one way or another.
Teams should have optimal combination of resources: resources are limited thus they need to be allocated in the most effective manner, in team resources include the intellectualism, profession and experience that team members have. A right combination leads to optimal utility of team potential as young players are developed to be team leaders and experts in the future.
Motivation is the drive an individual has; it makes an employee persevere to attain set goals in an organization, since the employee anticipates a benefit in kind or non kind from his employer. Team members have different personalities thus they motivated by different things; when a team is not motivated, then it cannot fulfill it goals and objectives effectively.
Ability can be facilitated through learning and experience; motivation is attained after putting into consideration all factors that can make employees enthusiastic and vigil in their works.
Teams need to be motivated via policies set in an organization and also by strategies that team leaders use; when managing a team, the most effective tool of motivation in involvement of all team members in the fulfillment of the team’s goals and objectives.
Despite that team has members with different skills, experiences, age and professions, team leaders should ensure that every member contribution is welcomed and appreciated, they should be engaged in different tasks so as to integrate and develop their intellectualism.
Involvement at team level combined with company’s motivational policies leads to orchestrate team with the drive to fulfill team’s goals and mission (Crother-Laurin, 2006).
Teams develop better ways of fulfilling a certain task since different people with the right experiences and professions are involved. They are bleeding areas for invention and innovation as members develop better ways of fulfilling their tasks when required. Well managed teams motivate their members through healthy involvement in different tasks and responsibilities.
The negative aspect of teams occurs when they are not effectively managed; they are likely to fail the entire organization since their interdependence and reliance with each other can hamper their entire performance. If a single member of a team records some inefficiency or deficiency in a certain area, then the effect will be felt in the entire team
In medical facilities, different tasks are fulfilled via teams developed, managed and motivated to undertake the task. A well developed team has a sense of belonging to the team and every member works to benefit the team. At team level, involvement is an effective motivation mechanism alongside other motivational strategies set by an organization.
Crother-Laurin, C. (2006). Effective Teams: A Symptom of Healthy Leadership. The Journal for Quality and Participation, 29(3), 4.