Working in a team can be considered one of the crucial elements of any organization that wants to achieve its goals. The ability to work with a huge variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures increases the general performance of an organization and the level of tolerance in society. Teamwork reduces the time spent on problem-solving, and the outcome is usually favorable (McEwan et al., 2017). Workers may brainstorm an enormous amount of different ideas and share them with their colleagues to come to the most creative decision regarding the project. People constantly need to communicate with each other to stay motivated and full of energy. Working in a team is one of the best solutions to expand knowledge and stay integrated into the work process. Nevertheless, misunderstandings may arise due to different levels of knowledge and adherence to a specific culture.
I had a chance to take a trainee position at the marketing department of a small local organization. People who obtain diverse cultural values work together in a team and come to common conclusions. I was sent to a group of young workers from different countries, and we were discussing potential changes in the marketing area of an organization. At first, I found it complicated to agree with some provided ideas as they did not match my thoughts. I realized that it was not ethical as people should be treated equally, and everyone has a right to express themselves (Zabel et al., 2017). Consequently, in the following meeting, I managed to understand that different people have specific ideas that are also valuable. It is important to participate in the discussion if you have an opposite thought. Moreover, the accents of the colleagues were disrupting me during the first several meetings. Nevertheless, by the end of the work under the project, I managed to overcome the inconvenience by constant communication with other group participants to find compromises. I realized that my general knowledge has increased, and I gained an important experience useful for my future career.
McEwan, D., Ruissen, G. R., and Eys, M. A. (2017). The effectiveness of teamwork training on teamwork behaviors and team performance: A systematic review and meta-analysis of controlled interventions. Plos One. Web.
Zabel, K. L., Biermeier-Hanson, B. B. J., and Baltes, B. B. (2017). Generation differences in work ethic: Fact or fiction? Journal of Business and Psychology, 32, 301-315. Web.