15 Advantages of Teamwork in the Workplace
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 workloads and responsibility to all.
2. Information is shared among the team members, maximizing the levels of knowledge and learning for the whole organization. The stronger team members effectively improve the weaker.
3. A good team can produce a wide range of possible solutions to each specific problem and ascertain the most effective one through collective input and interaction. Individuals will tend to be more limited.
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 to aim for. It also gives individuals an interest and incentive 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. This phenomenon has expressed using terms such as “collective wisdom”, or “the wisdom of crowds”.
6. Teamwork in general produces better end results, when functioning effectively, 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 of the organization, both collectively and individually, making team members more responsible and enthusiastic.
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. Working on your own can be a lonely experience.
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. This makes more creative and innovative solutions more likely.
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. That's because the range of skill sets and experience can adapt better to difficult problems.
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.
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 can raise motivation and morale for the entire organization.
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?
Questions & Answers
What are the benefits of helping other team members?
Examples of teamwork benefits might include:
1. The sharing of skills and information that can improve the overall knowledge of the team.
2. Being able to utilize the strengths of individual team members properly.
3. The creation of shared ownership and purpose.
4. A boost of team morale.
5. Confidence building.
6. Faster resolution of problems encountered by the team.
7. Fun and satisfying results for all involved.
8. The helper can learn from the experience through feedback from the person being helped, or through re-evaluating the issue.Helpful 3
How do you explain the popularity of teams in today's workplaces given how corporate culture placed such high value on individualism and individual effort in the past?
Teams provide dynamism, not just because they draw ideas from numerous sources, but also because ideas can be further developed through discussions and feedback. In addition to opportunities, potential problems can often be better identified by a team. Many people also find teamwork more fulfilling than working alone. Corporate culture can be cyclical, however, so it can't be ruled out that the wheel may spin back in favor of individualism at some point.
© 2012 Paul Goodman