The importance of teamwork cannot (and should not) be underestimated. It’s the bedrock on which all successful businesses are built. As a manager, you should never take teamwork for granted. To do so invites a dysfunctional team — and eventual disaster.
But what exactly is teamwork? What benefits can your business gain by improving the way your team works?
What Is Teamwork?
It may seem like a simple question, but the answer often eludes many managers.
At its most basic, teamwork is a sense of unity. It’s an enthusiasm that a group of people shares for their common interests and responsibilities.
But delve deeper and you’ll soon see that teamwork is both a bonding agent and a lubrication of sorts. Teamwork brings people together (the bonding agent) and motivates them to rely on one another to get things done. Teamwork also makes progress easier (the lubrication) and allows the group to overcome obstacles that would have stymied an individual.
Without teamwork, none of that would be possible.
10 Benefits That Highlight The Importance Of Teamwork
1) New Ideas
Teamwork among a diverse group of people will almost always reveal new, fresh ideas. And those new ideas are invaluable in today’s competitive business environment.
The differing ages, backgrounds, skill sets, and experience levels of a team means that there’s a unique perspective just waiting to be heard. When you create a safe space where individuals can work together as a team without the fear of criticism, new ideas and perspectives will start to flow.
2) Improved Efficiency
If you want to improve efficiency in your business, get your employees to work together. This will allow you to split difficult tasks into more manageable chunks and complete them faster. It’s also a great way to ensure that the person with the most skills is working on the part that suits him or her best.
3) Better Quality
The quality you expect from your project (or just your business in general) may be too much for one person to handle. But with teamwork, you get the best that everyone has to offer. As a result, that equals higher quality on a more consistent basis because you’re not relying on only one person.
4) Higher Morale
If you want people to feel better about themselves and the job they’re doing, get them to work together. The morale boost they will receive highlights the importance of teamwork at the office.
When teamwork is a priority, your employees will feel:
- That their work is valued
- That they can contribute to a successful result
- That they have something special to offer
That boost in morale makes every aspect of your business better.
5) Group Cohesion
Group cohesion is essential for businesses focused on success. Without it, individuals will be more likely to apply their efforts for their own benefit rather than the benefit of your company. And with everyone working toward slightly different purposes, your project — and your business — will suffer.
6) More Learning Opportunities
Working as a team allows your employees to see the successes and failures of others in a supportive environment. More than that, working as a team allows your employees to learn from each other without undue risk.
For example, when things go awry, the team can pull together to make them better. But in the process, everyone learns what not to do next time. That can provide insight into how to get things done more effectively the first time around.
7) Sense Of Accomplishment
The encouragement and support you get from working together as a team make the accomplishments that much sweeter. That, then, can feed over into a renewed sense of individual purpose and confidence that can reinforce the group as well.
It’s very much a self-fulfilling cycle where accomplishment breeds accomplishment and success breeds success.
8) Faster Innovation
If you tasked one employee with solving a problem, how many different viable solutions could they come up with? Maybe two or three?
But what if you tasked your team with solving the same problem? How many different viable solutions could they come up with? Two or three from each team member.
There may be some overlap in ideas, but that’s still plenty of options. Those options give them and you the opportunity for faster, more reactive innovation. That can mean the difference between getting ahead in your business and falling behind.
9) Less Managerial Interference
When individual employees work together as part of a team, there’s a sense of self-monitoring that isn’t present when they work by themselves. This self-correcting behavior means that the manager doesn’t have to get involved as often as they might with individuals. That’s good for you and, ultimately, for your team who now benefits from more autonomy.
10) Stronger Working Relationships
When your employees work together and succeed together, they form strong working relationships. Those relationships can grow to include mutual trust — and maybe even friendship — under the right circumstances.
That’s beneficial for your business because trust and friendship (and strong working relationships) generate:
Those are traits that every manager wants their employees to exhibit. You can nurture those traits by working as a team.
Build Teamwork Today
Building teamwork doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. In fact, it can feel like (and actually be) play sometimes. Games are some of the best ways to bring your team together and build unity.
Struggling for ideas? Try these simple, fun, and quick activities to keep your employees engaged and working well together.
- Do 10 minutes of group calisthenics.
- Organize a team crossword puzzle race.
- Hold a one-minute typing contest.
- Play video games throughout the day.
- Divide into teams and play a quick round of Pictionary.
When you actively strive to build teamwork in your business, you ensure that your employees will be able to handle (both together and on their own) any challenge that comes their way.
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