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7 Fruits of teamwork that can benefit your organization

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Javier Fiz Pérez - published on 08/24/18

Unlike individualism, working in unity with others toward a common goal offers innumerable benefits -- for both companies and workers.

“Teamwork” is a popular buzzword, especially in the context of the workforce. Early on, teamwork was simply a strategy to motivate employees and encourage them to problem-solve together. Today, the concept has diversified. Teams do much more than just solve problems; they often make crucial decisions, planning and executing their own projects and initiatives — often with minimal feedback or involvement from the higher-ups.

It’s easy to take teamwork for granted, so here are some of the reasons it makes the world of work — and life — spin more smoothly:

1It fosters creativity

Two minds are better than one, and consequently, brainstorming sessions make it possible to develop ideas as a group, with each team member contributing his or her best. Brainstorming doesn’t just benefit the group’s final decision, though; it helps individuals to break out of egocentric perspectives and to grow in creativity through exposure to other people’s points of view. Sharing knowledge with each other fosters learning as individuals and as a team.

2It incorporates different skills

It’s normal for projects to involve different areas of competence. Teamwork allows each individual team member’s skills and talents to complement those of the others, to create a final result that none of the individuals could have achieved alone.

3It makes it easier to assign roles

Through teamwork, it’s easier to detect the strengths and weaknesses of each team member and reorganize roles based on this knowledge.

4It facilitates better decision-making

Since decisions are being made in the light of various points of view, they will tend to be more comprehensive and better thought through than decisions that are the result of just one person’s ideas.

5It reduces the stress of team members

Working as a team won’t always decrease the amount of work that individuals have to do (although it may), but any feelings of stress are reduced as both the work and the responsibility are shared with all the team members.

6It intensifies a feeling of belonging

When people feel like they are part of a group or organization, their motivation and commitment increase, and consequently, so also does their productivity. Teamwork aims to create a small, tighter-knit community within the wider organization, and often makes it easier for team members to achieve that connection.

7It increases efficiency and productivity

Each individual has his or her own specialization. When team members collaborate, it allows each of them to maximize their potential in their particular area of expertise. On every team, the sum of the members actually multiplies their abilities. This helps them be more productive and to produce better results.

How do we create good teamwork?

Team building is an art. Before teamwork can start to produce results, team members need a period of time to establish interpersonal relationships. That way that members can learn to work in a coordinated way, with shared goals and principles. To this end, it’s necessary to:

  • Build confidence among team members
  • Establish common objectives
  • Create a sense of belonging
  • Get team members involved in decision-making
  • Seek mutual understanding
  • Foster communication
  • Use diversity to your advantage
  • Celebrate the group’s successes
  • Foster mutual commitment and shared responsibility

In short, teamwork results in greater motivation, commitment, and creativity, as well as more ideas, better communication, improved results, and greater quality of life. Unlike the individualism that dominates our culture, teamwork offers innumerable benefits, both for organizations and for employees.

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