Teams Are the Way Work Gets Done, But They're Still Being Managed as Individuals – New Research from

Most of today’s organizations rely on teams to get work done, and most employees work in teams, according to a new report released by However, relatively few organizations appraise performance at the team level.

The newly released research report, The State of Employee Teams in 2018, is based on an industry survey by, in partnership with TTI Success Insights, a leading source of assessment and coaching tools that enable organizations to effectively meet their talent management needs. The survey gathered responses from 562 HR professionals.

“There’s still a major disconnect in today’s workplace,” said to Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of “Companies rely on teams. Teams have become the bedrock of organizational life. But most employers still think and manage in terms of individual employees. Managers need to shift their mental models to accommodate these new realities.”

Three-quarters of survey respondents said their organizations rely on teams to get work done to a high or very high degree. Moreover, well over half (59%) said that over three-fifths of their employees work in teams, with the most common team size being four to six members.

Yet, only a third reported that their organizations appraise performance at the team level. Organizations that are better at managing teams, however, are more likely to do so, often basing appraisals on the quality of the product produced, the ability of team members to work together, and whether or not teams meet their goals.

“These findings are consistent with the team challenges we see in the workplace,” said Rick Bowers, President of TTI Success Insights. “In order to create team success in the future, individuals need to become more aware of themselves, others, and the organizations of which they are a part. The responsibility falls to those talent professionals who craft effective team environments and team training.”

The study also found that most employers fail to train employers in the skills required to address barriers to team success. Those barriers include a lack of accountability, difficulty in making decisions, and lack of participation.

In short, organizations are still struggling to manage and train teams well despite the fact they are the foundation of the modern workplace.

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