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15 Advantages of Teamwork in the Workplace

Updated on October 4, 2016
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Paul graduated from university in 1987. He has done a variety of jobs, including librarian and teacher. He currently resides in Florida.

Advantages of teamwork: Although independent working by individuals is often necessary at times in many workplaces, the benefits of working as a coordinated group cannot be underestimated.
Advantages of teamwork: Although independent working by individuals is often necessary at times in many workplaces, the benefits of working as a coordinated group cannot be underestimated. | Source

As most proficient managers and workers know, or should know, that there are many advantages of teamwork in the workplace.

I thought it would be useful, however, to look at and list some of the specific approaches and benefits.

When it comes to maximizing the effectiveness of an organization, no matter how big or small, teamwork can improve just about every aspect of its performance.

It can raise levels of morale, expertise, efficiency, the quality of customer service, initiative, learning, planning, and creativity.

It can also produce more motivated members, a more effective day to day performance, a sense of ownership, better end results, and ultimately, bigger profits.

Below are the key 15 advantages of teamwork in the workplace:

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

— Michael Jordan

1. Good teamwork maximizes involvement, utilizing everybody’s strengths and areas of expertise, as well as distributing responsibility to all.

Whether is is out on the sports field or in the office, Teamwork has psychological and moral-boosting benefits,as well as practical ones.  Staff are happier, more motivated, and more likely to contribute ideas that can improve procedures and practice
Whether is is out on the sports field or in the office, Teamwork has psychological and moral-boosting benefits,as well as practical ones. Staff are happier, more motivated, and more likely to contribute ideas that can improve procedures and practice | Source

2. Information is shared amongst the team members, maximizing the levels of knowledge and learning for the whole organization.

3. A good team can produce a wide range of possible solutions to each specific problem and ascertain the most effective one from the range through collective input and interaction.

Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice.

— Douglas B. Reeves, Transforming Professional Development Into Student Results

4. Teamwork gives people shared goals. It also gives individuals an interest in encouraging and aiding other members of the team to achieve those shared goals.

5. A team often produces more accurate, innovative and practical solutions to problems than individuals (think in terms of “collective wisdom”, or “the wisdom of crowds”).

6. Teamwork in general produces better end results, as well as bringing out better quality performances from individual members of the team.

Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal.

— Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

7. It encourages a wider sense of ownership for the organization, both collectively and individually, making team members more responsible and enthusiastic.

Just as teamwork can help a sports team to achieve victory, it can also improve the performance of a work team.  Incorporating the unique skills of individuals into a team ethos can make for a powerful and world-beating organization.
Just as teamwork can help a sports team to achieve victory, it can also improve the performance of a work team. Incorporating the unique skills of individuals into a team ethos can make for a powerful and world-beating organization. | Source

8. Workers are more emotionally positive and are better at sharing knowledge, learning and responsibilities when they experience the personal security of being part of an effective team.

9. Individuals are more likely to take risks when they experience the security of being part of an effective team, as they receive the support and reassurance of being part of a group.

Even the strongest, most well-built team will, at times, be met with adversity. What makes us great is not that we should anticipate less adversity the stronger that we become, but rather that in anticipation of adversity we become stronger.

— Michael Joling

10. By utilizing teamwork, an organization’s decision-making process can be much better understood by its members.

11. A group can sometimes deal with complicated, difficult, deep, and involved problems more effectively than individuals can.

An army team training exercise. Teamwork is a skill that has to be learned and then practiced by a group.  Army units often rely on each other in life and death situations, intensifying the feelings of comradeship and interdependence.
An army team training exercise. Teamwork is a skill that has to be learned and then practiced by a group. Army units often rely on each other in life and death situations, intensifying the feelings of comradeship and interdependence. | Source

12. Teams can complete tasks and solve problems quicker than individuals through the effective allocation of human resources and producing multiple ideas in a short period of time.

Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.

— Bill Bradley

13. New ideas and measures can be more effectively introduced through effective teamwork with the whole organization having a sense of involvement.

Sailors on board military sailing vessel.  When everybody pulls together in the same direction it is amazing what can be achieved.  Establishing a team where everybody feels like they have a stake can be a challenge to achieve, however.
Sailors on board military sailing vessel. When everybody pulls together in the same direction it is amazing what can be achieved. Establishing a team where everybody feels like they have a stake can be a challenge to achieve, however. | Source

14. Innovation and creativity can be improved through the greater and wider inputs that come through team involvement.

15. Last but not least, effective teamwork is fun for the people involved and this raises motivation and morale.

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.

— Brian Tracy

Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?

See results

© 2012 Paul Goodman

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      I love team work. Team work makes work load managerial. Team work rocks! It only gets harder when one person does all the work. Thank you for posting this hub. Voted up and useful.

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      wonderingwoolley 5 years ago from Madison, WI

      I really love this hub, because it hits the core of the issue. Teamwork makes the day go by faster, it gets work done faster, and increased fellowship between co-workers makes everyone more productive because they are motivated by more than just the paycheck. You did a great job showing this, and I'm going to share it with my office (who could stand to learn a few of these tips) Thanks so much!!

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      pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

      When needed team work is very effective in the work place. I'm always a team player, but prefer to work alone most times. Voted up, marked useful and interesting.

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      Jatinder Joshi 3 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Great thoughts on advantages of teamwork in the workplace. Thank you for sharing.

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      fatumah bruhan 4 months ago

      indeed teamwork is fun as the last point says! imagine working alone every time your face will always be grimy without any smile. thx for sharing.

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      DEE 3 months ago

      good write up

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