Implementary’s Impeccable Reasons Why Teamwork Still Matters
What is teamwork? The French language has a beautiful expression to describe it: esprit de corps.
This means a sense of common spirit existing in the members of a group and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honour of the group.
According to Andrew Carnegie,
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results”.
Teamwork is the oil that makes the team function. It is the secret ingredient in creating a successful project meal. Many great businesses were and are still being run with great collaboration and teamwork among team members. We are sure that all the pseudo ‘one-man-army’ individuals would love to spark a debate on this. But, we at Implementary, strongly believe in the power of the virtue called teamwork. It’s still not the team with the best players that wins. But it’s the players with the best teams that win!
Let us have a look at our impeccable reasons why teamwork matters:
Teamwork Unifies The Workplace Environment
Businesses thrive on teamwork.
Teamwork in the workplace offers the staff to become familiar with each other and understand each other’s personalities better. It helps them to know about their strengths and weaknesses.
Teamwork helps in promoting an environment that fosters friendship and a feeling of togetherness like that of a closely-knit family. This motivates the team members to work harder, co-operate and be supportive of each other.
Teamwork plays a pivotal role in bringing different personalities with a different school of thought together to accomplish a task leaving all the differences, egos and grudges aside.
Teamwork Promotes Workplace Synergy
Teamwork allows the team members to come together to interact and cooperate to produce combined effects greater than the sum of their separate effects.
Teamwork promotes workplace synergy.
Teamwork is all about coming together and working together to produce impossible results. Shared goals, mutual understanding and cooperation provide synergy at the workplace. When all the team members work collectively, after the task is finished, they feel a greater sense of accomplishment. This encourages them to embrace teamwork and collaboration at the workplace as it promotes a sense of achievement and accomplishment that satisfies their personal creative instincts.
Teamwork Makes Way For Flourishment Of Ideas
A teamwork environment allows innovative ideas to flourish and helps in conceiving and executing various problem-solving approaches.
It creates a room for creativity, perspectives, opportunities and ideas of thoughts.
A team environment allows the team members to sit, discuss and work on various ideas to help the organisation achieve success. Sharing different opinions and experiences help the team members to make decisions faster. Moreover, when a team works together it helps them to shed their inhibitions as well. The creation of various ideas, also helps individuals to flourish personally and holistically.
Teamwork Promotes Delegation Of Responsibility
Teamwork is about working together to accomplish a common task.
With this virtue, one can effectively delegate responsibility among the team members. It not only helps to lessen the workload but also contributes in developing accountability in team members. This prepares every member of a team to be clear about what is expected out of them which propels them to perform with utmost dedication and responsibility for their work.
Teamwork Leads To Improved Productivity And Efficiency
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
— Henry Ford
Incorporating various team-building exercises and strategies lead to improved productivity in a team.
When a dedicated team is working together, it produces a synergistic effect that amplifies the output and efficacy as opposed to team members working individually. Teamwork produces many desirable results like sharing of workload, less pressure, fast work pace and optimisation of performance. Teamwork is the path covered between average and awesome.
For all those struggling to manage teams, try incorporating various team-building exercises, management tools, right project management methodology in your team management and style of leadership.
Teamwork is an ultimate panacea for all the organisational challenges, for the difference between success and failure is a great team.
Teamwork Encourages Different Perspectives And Feedback
One of the main pros of strong teamwork is that it encourages members to come up with their unique ideas.
Diversity of thought allows team managers and even business owners to analyse differing perspectives and feedback and implement ones that they think could help the business scale to greater heights.
Potent teams also tend to try new things and push strongly for innovation. When different opinions and experiences are shared, it helps to find solutions to problems quickly as well as make decisions faster. You can go through the stages of planning, designing, and execution much more efficiently when a team is functioning as a cohesive unit.
Teamwork Minimises The Possibility Of Burnout
Workplace burnouts are not uncommon. The mounting pressure of work on individuals can take its toll on an employee’s physical and mental health.
A Gallup study surveyed around 7,500 full-time employees and 23 percent of them said they feel burned out more often than not.
And that was not all!
Another 44 percent said they also feel burnout, but occasionally.
What can help? Sharing workload. And it’s not about sharing workload only, team members also provide emotional support to each other. When you know that your colleagues have your back can make you feel more comfortable and confident while doing work.
Teamwork Fosters Individual Growth
When you work alone, the doors of learning from other skilled colleagues remain shut on you.
Being part of a team that comprises competent individuals can help you learn many new skills by sharing information with each other. And it’s not that you’ll be the only member who benefitted; the same applies to your colleagues too.
You can learn from someone’s mistakes, which makes you cautious of blunders to avoid while you work. What’s even more amazing about strong teamwork is that you might get to know about your strengths (by your team members) that you may be unaware of. You also become a better listener, which will help you grasp as much information as possible and use it to your advantage in the future.
Merry Christmas and thanks again for a fantastic 2021 and all the best for 2022.
About the Author
Jason Novobranec is Implementary’s Chief Operating Officer.
With over 20 years of Consulting, Program Management & Senior Leadership experience, Jason has delivered initiatives for large multi-national / multi-regional organisations as well as SME’s and is an expert in shaping solutions to fit a customer’s project needs.