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Running head: TEAM MANANGEMENT ACTIVITY AND REFLECTION1Team Management Activity and ReflectionDaniel HodginMGT 330 Week 4 AssignmentDr. Michael ReillyMarch 10, 2019
TEAM MANANGEMENT ACTIVITY AND REFLECTION2IntroductionHow well an organization runs all depends on the cohesion of the team within the organization itself. These communal efforts rely on the five functions of management in order toallow the supervision of the organization to apply efficient problem-solving techniques to everyday problems that businesses and companies might face. Additionally, applying the five functions of management will also enable supervisors to initiate employee motivation in additionto achieving the objectives and goals of the company itself. These five management functions are defined as “planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling human and other resources to achieve organizational goals” (Baack, Reilly, & Minnick, 2014, p. 3). This paper will go through each of these management functions in order to explain how and why they are beneficial to the manager of an Amazon warehouse. In addition, this paper will provide a vision of successful management practices that are essential to anyone that is employed in a managerial position. PlanningPlanning is an essential part of the five management functions and without it, the operations of the company will struggle until an effective plan is created. Managers utilize planning to identify achievable goals and to find the best courses of action in order to successfully attain those goals (Baack et al., 2014). Managers at an Amazon warehouse usually start out as normal box packers and then they eventually make their way up the chain to attain more of a supervisory role in the company. A manager at an Amazon warehouse will use their prior experience and knowledge as a packer to encourage a healthy workplace culture as well as promoting productivity within the workplace. According to Baack et al. (2014), planning is “a purposeful effort directed by management within an organization, which, when conducted
TEAM MANANGEMENT ACTIVITY AND REFLECTION3effectively, draws on the knowledge, skills, and abilities of employees at all levels of the organization” (p. 6). Planning is important for managers because planning allows managers to establish objectives and criteria for employees that include straightforward and assessable standards in addition to establishing the starting point of performance evaluation for each level ofemployment. Additionally, utilizing effective planning also enables management to concentrate on the future goals of the company and plan ahead for any requirements or difficulties that may surface. The manager of an organization should be paying attention to the strengths and knowledge of the employees around him in order to attain the respect of his or her team. This is essential to the planning phase because managers will be making modifications and passing judgments based on actualities and not guesses.