Learn Why Teamwork Is As Important To Healthcare As The Patients [Interviews]

“I believe teamwork is when you work with a group of people on a project, goal or to get something done. If my team wanted to get work done faster and with help we as a team would get together and discuss the best way to achieve this goal while working together. We could work in pairs, all together and split up responsibilities that would normally fall on just one person to get done.”

This interview is reaching out to a broad audience to help me (and you!) get a better understanding of just what people actually think about teamwork and how it impact their lives. I hope you enjoy it and maybe gain an insight or two.

Interviewee Profile

1) What is your official job / position title?

Nurse Assistant

2) What is your direct supervisor’s official job / position title?

CNA supervisor

3) What industry do you work in?

Healthcare

4) How many years have you been in your current industry and job?

10

5) What are 3 to 5 of your most important skills, specialties, or areas of expertise?

Multitasking, compassion, knowledgeable in healthcare settings, how to take care of people.

Interviewee Responses

01) Describe (in your own words) what you think ‘teamwork’ means.

I believe teamwork is when you work with a group of people on a project, goal or to get something done. If my team wanted to get work done faster and with help we as a team would get together and discuss the best way to achieve this goal while working together. We could work in pairs, all together and split up responsibilities that would normally fall on just one person to get done. Another example of what I think teamwork is, when you need to build something, say a barn. It would work just doing it alone but it would take a long time and you might come across a problem you wouldn’t know how to fix. If you worked as a team you would get it done faster and have more brains to help solve problems or improve things.

02) Think about a person you feel needs team-building training. How do you think this training would help him/her?

The first person that comes to mind is my husband! He works terrible with other people, he has no patience and gets frustrated with the other person helping when things aren’t going the right way. It would help his attitude out if he got some team building training and it would help make other people actually want to help him. Because most of the time no one wants to help him because he gets so upset about stupid things.

03) How do you think teamwork could help a company or business?

Teamwork is essential when you have a company or business to run. If someone is doing everything on their own and micro managing everything things aren’t getting taken care of properly. It’s too much for one person to handle. You need a group of people that can do individual tasks and also lean on other team members for support and help.

04) Describe a teamwork / team-building exercise or event you’ve been through at your work, school, or during training.

At my work we were having a yard sale to raise money for the residents at our care center to go on a summer river rafting trip. We all worked hard for couple of weeks getting flyers out, e-mails, and gathering items for the event. Everyone pitched in and worked together for the good of the residents. We accomplished our goal and was able to raise enough money together.

05) Explain at least 1 thing you’ve learned from a team-building exercise and how it has helped you.

I learned that I can always learn more for someone else. I sometimes think I know everything when it comes to my job and don’t need help. But when put in a situation where I am suppose to work in a group I am always surprised to come out with more knowledge.

06) Think back to a team-building exercise you did *NOT* enjoy. What do you feel could have been improved and why?

I had to do a team building exercise for my church group. We did some trust building things to try and bring us as a team more together. But I didn’t enjoy that because I did think falling into a group of people’s arms was going to make us stronger. It just showed me that a bunch of people could catch me.

07) Describe what you like *most* about team-building efforts and training.

I like the feeling you get when whatever your doing with your team is over. I like the feeling of pride, accomplishment and support.The feeling of abundance joy for what you just have done is irreplaceable.

08) What are a few things you like *least* about team-building efforts and why?

I don’t always like working with other people. I like to work on my own a lot because I don’t like having to entertain everyone’s ideas or thoughts. I just like to do things my way and that’s way I want to continue to do them.

09) When learning about team-building, would you rather read about it, listen to a trainer, watch training videos, or physically participate in an event? Describe why you feel that way.

I would rather physically participate because I can get more of a personal accomplishment from it. If I am actually doing it I will create memories from it that will stick with me a lot longer than just listening, reading or watching it. I am a hands on leaner.

10) Pretend you are asked to give a quick team-building presentation at work. What are your first couple of steps to get prepared?

I would find visuals to help entertain the group, not just read from some article. I would think of any personal stories to tell. And lastly I would come up with an activity to do together to build team work.

11) In your opinion, what type or personality of person do you think could benefit most from team-building efforts?

Someone who is a micro manager.The type of person that has to do everything. I feel that way because it may work for that person for a while but things will start to fall apart and without other people around to help you when your down your not always going to get back up and be stronger from it.

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