WHAT IS TEAMWORK?
It may seem like a simple question, but teamwork is the bedrock on which all successful businesses are built. Encouraging teamwork among your employees can greatly improve the overall success of your business and lead to long-lasting operations.
Teamwork is a collaboration between employees with the purpose of working toward a common set of goals, tasks, or activities. It provides opportunities for employees to achieve both personal and professional growth. This is because, working in teams often requires cooperation and interaction among employees from within or across departments, with different personalities and skillsets. Over time, teamwork can help all employees of an organization become more aligned with the common goal.
IMPORTANCE OF TEAMWORK IN ORGANIZATIONS
Improves innovation and communication of Ideas
Teamwork is the backbone of effective communication within a company. When employees work as individuals or independently on projects, it may narrow the stream of ideas and efficient operations, which may slow down the completion process of a project. Working as a team promotes fresh ideas and innovations.
When employees work together as a team, tasks are delegated based on employee’s skillsets with the goal of achieving the set out objective. In this manner, difficult tasks can be split into simpler ones for easier and faster completion.
Improved Working Relationships
Employees working together in teams tend to form strong working relationships with each other. Improved working relationships can foster a greater sense of mutual trust,
communication, motivation, support and cooperation among your employees.
Developing new skillsets
Employees benefit from one another through knowledge sharing as they work together. They each will have the opportunity to understand the various departmental shortcomings and opportunities.
Less Fatigue and tension
Fatigue is the result of prolonged stress, which may be caused by overwhelming responsibilities or the inability to meet demands. The mental, emotional, and physical exhaustion for the tension that comes with delivering may cause an employee to function below capacity. However, teamwork is helpful in reducing tension and burnout, as team members support each other to attain required results.
Teamwork is a valuable tool to use in the workplace especially in contemporary organizations. As long as teams are formed, managed and implemented effectively, it can provide a source of competitive advantage in terms of increased employee satisfaction, creativity and innovation.