ABSTRACT

Organizations increase the chances of successfully implementing work-life supports when they consider teams in the process. As in all of the considerations for work-life supports, teams can be both a help and a hindrance to work-life supports. In fact, teamwork and collaboration are identified as one of the most important reasons for organizations to avoid allowing flexible working. While teamwork certainly isn’t a reason to avoid flexible working altogether, it is a factor to consider, plan around, and for which to find solutions. This chapter discusses the importance of teams and the ways that teams fulfill both task-oriented and relationship-oriented needs. It discusses the requirements for openness, trust, well-managed conflict, and strong inter-team relationships.