Beyond Survivor: the role of HR in team success

By Tracy Hecht and Natalie Allen
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2001

This past summer brought the hit TV series Survivor — a show in which we heard a lot about teams and teamwork. Many Canadians, usually wearing a bit more clothing than the Survivor contestants, work in teams and are urged to engage in teamwork. In fact, as HR professionals are aware, the implementation of teams has become a dominant HR initiative in the last decade.

Try to find an organization in Canada that does not have teams of one sort or another. There are cross-functional teams, departmental teams, project teams, quality assurance teams, steering teams, and the list goes on and on. Based on the number of organizations that use teams, it would be easy to get the impression that teams are always successful. They are not.

Just as millions of people got hooked on Survivor, organizations appear to be hooked on teams.