Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.Henry Ford on effective teamwork in the workplace
“Two, three, four heads are better than one.” When working in a team, you are working towards a common goal or set of objectives. The whole process of your work becomes more efficient, tasks are completed faster and the ‘all hands on deck’ attitude gives everyone on the team a sense of gratification. Here are 6 Reasons to Encourage Teamwork in Your Business:
1. Creativity and Learning
Creativity thrives when people work together on a team. Brainstorming ideas as a group prevents stale viewpoints that often come out of working solo. Combining unique perspectives from each team member creates more effective solutions. Being able to share discoveries with the rest of your team excites employees and fosters both individual and team knowledge.
2. Blends Complementary Strengths
Working together lets employees build on the talents of their teammates. While your strength may be creative thinking, a coworker might shine in organization and planning. Do not hesitate to share your abilities with the team.
3. Builds Trust
Relying on other people builds trust, and teamwork establishes strong relationships with coworkers. Despite occasional disagreements, an effective team enjoys working together and shares a strong bond. When you put your trust in a coworker, you are establishing the foundation of a relationship that can endure minor conflicts. Open communication is key when working on a team and produces effective solutions in difficult group projects.
4. Teaches Conflict Resolution Skills
Conflicts inevitably happen when you put together a group of unique people. Individuals come from varied backgrounds and have different work styles and habits. While these unique viewpoints create the most successful work, they can also generate resentment that quickly turns into conflict. When conflict arises in teamwork situations, employees are forced to resolve the conflicts themselves instead of turning to management.
5. Promotes Ownership
Team work encourage employees to feel proud of their contributions. Tackling obstacles and creating notable work together makes team members feel fulfilled. Working toward achieving company goals allows employees to feel connected to the company. This builds loyalty, leading to a higher level of job satisfaction among employees.
6. EMPOWERMENT. GIVE YOUR TEAM THE POWER TO MAKE DECISIONS
What’s one of the easiest ways to make team members lose their faith in teamwork? By restricting their autonomy and level of power to make decisions that allow them to accomplish their tasks. Giving the team the power to make decisions is a great motivation for effective teamwork and to bring about radical change.
There may be no “I” in team, but teamwork can still benefit employees on a personal level. Do not allow competitive natures to get in the way of personal growth in the workplace. Instead, understand how to resolve conflicts and trust teammates to contribute their best ideas. Learn from your team members and build on each other’s skills to create more impressive results in the workplace.