Through his research in the field of teamwork, Dr. Meredith Belbin developed a team role model in which there are nine groups of behaviour that a person adopts while working in a team. Every team member, depending on his/her characteristics, competencies, knowledge and interests assumes a certain role in the team, either in a field of group management, creativity, work result orientation, analysis and decision making and/or nourishment of interpersonal relations in general.
Studies have shown that a team with balanced team role structure usually outdoes a team with an unbalanced one, even when the latter has excellent individuals as members.
Development project focused towards the increase in teamwork efficiency includes:
- analysis of the demands of work environment, goals, formal and informal interpersonal relationships
- individual assessment of team members, their preferences in behaviour, strength and weaknesses
- assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the team as a whole and of barriers to the true teamwork.
Development programme results are:
- recognition of team members’ strengths, weaknesses and preferences, potential for further development and areas where individual development programmes would not have an effect
- increase in team efficiency – detection of the strongest team members and the most efficient distribution of work tasks
- true teamwork on building productive office relationships
- increase in management efficiency.
The assessment can be used in recruitment and selection process of new candidates, providing information on the appropriateness of the candidate for assessed position.
Assessment is also valuable in situations when:
- existing team has a new strategy or goal
- existing team wishes to increase and strengthen the past success
- team works in an environment undergoing organisational changes
- conflicts within the team are disrupting team’s success.