Overly Secure Teams
Although job security is considered by most to be a good thing, some situations exist where overly secure teams are being cursed by too much of a good thing. Fredrick Herzberg noted that having too much job security can lead to uncommitted behaviour and a lack of effort on the part of team members and leaders alike. In short, the more job security a team perceives itself as having, the less motivated they become to perform. Knowing that no one is ever laid-off or terminated, no matter what their behaviour, also has a devastating impact on team morale.Teams become overly secure for a number of reasons:
- The organizational rules and traditions prohibit, or at least discourage, the firing of non-productive or disruptive employees.
- The team leader is not held accountable by those higher in the system for building a high-performance team.
- A strong union presence makes it difficult, if not impossible to hold employees accountable for a high level of productivity.
- The team has been together for too long and has experienced decreased performance over time. This subtle slippage has gone undetected or unaddressed.
- The team leader is too lenient and will overlook poor performance for the sake of keeping the peace.