15 Advantages of Teamwork in the Workplace

Updated on November 20, 2019
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Since completing university, Paul has worked as a librarian, teacher, and freelance writer. Born in the UK, he currently lives in Florida.

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

As most proficient managers and employers know (or should know), there are many advantages of teamwork in the workplace.

  • When it comes to maximizing the effectiveness of an organization, no matter how big or small, teamwork can improve just about every aspect of performance.
  • It can raise levels of morale, expertise, efficiency, initiative, learning, planning, creativity, and the quality of customer service.
  • 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.

15 Benefits of Teamwork

  1. Maximized Involvement
  2. Shared Information
  3. Increased Problem-Solving
  4. Shared Goals
  5. Wisdom of Crowds
  6. Improved Outcomes
  7. Sense of Ownership
  8. Sense of Security
  9. Greater Risk-Taking
  10. Decisions Understood (Transparency)
  11. Greater Aptitude for Complex Problems
  12. Faster Resolutions
  13. More Involvement With New Ideas
  14. More Inputs Mean More Creativity
  15. Greater Motivation and Morale

I explain each advantage in detail below.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

— Michael Jordan

1. Teamwork Maximizes Involvement

Good teamwork utilizes everybody’s strengths and areas of expertise and distributes workloads and responsibility to all. When individuals are part of a team that values individual contributions, everyone feels motivated to speak up, participate, and share what they know.

On the playing field or in the office, teamwork has practical, psychological, and morale-boosting benefits. Staffs are happier, more motivated, and more likely to contribute.
On the playing field or in the office, teamwork has practical, psychological, and morale-boosting benefits. Staffs are happier, more motivated, and more likely to contribute. | Source

2. Shared Information

Information is shared among the team members, maximizing levels of knowledge and learning for the whole organization. The stronger team members effectively improve the weaker.

3. Problem Solving

A good team can produce a wide range of possible solutions for each specific problem and then work together to ascertain the most effective one, with collective input and interaction. Individuals will tend to be more limited in the solutions they can conceive.

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. Shared Goals

Teamwork can give people shared goals to aim for. It also gives individuals an interest in and incentive for encouraging and aiding the other members of the team to achieve those shared goals.

5. The Wisdom of Crowds

A team often produces more accurate, innovative, and practical solutions to problems than an individual could. This phenomenon has been expressed using terms such as “collective wisdom” or “the wisdom of crowds.” Individually they may all be experts at their jobs, but as a whole, the group's collective knowledge can be larger, deeper, more varied, and more dynamic than any single, individual understanding.

Collectively, individuals can come together to brainstorm bigger, better solutions.
Collectively, individuals can come together to brainstorm bigger, better solutions. | Source

6. Improved Outcomes

Teamwork in general produces better end results. When teams function effectively, they elicit better-quality performances from individual members of the team, and with so many participants thinking, acting, and working in unison, higher goals can be attained.

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. A Sense of Ownership

Teamwork encourages a wider sense of ownership of the organization's objectives, both collectively and individually, imbuing each team member with a sense of personal responsibility and making everyone feel more enthusiastic about the shared goals.

Just as teamwork helps 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 helps 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. A Sense of Security

Working on your own can be a lonely experience, one that leaves an individual feeling isolated and wondering if they're doing a good job. Workers are more emotionally positive and better at sharing knowledge and responsibilities when they experience the personal security of being part of an effective team.

9. Greater Risk-Taking

Individuals are more likely to take risks when they securely belong to an effective team. The support and reassurance they receive from the group gives them mental freedom to think larger and take more risks. 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. Decisions Understood

By utilizing teamwork, an organization’s decision-making process can be much better understood by its members. When group members participate equally in discussions, they all feel ownership for and buy into the decisions made.

11. Greater Aptitude for Complex Problems

A group can sometimes deal with complicated, difficult, deep, and involved problems more effectively than individuals can. That's because the wider, more diverse range of skill sets and experience can tackle larger and more difficult problems.

Teamwork is a skill that has to be practiced as a group. Military units rely on each other in life-and-death situations, intensifying feelings of camaraderie and interdependence.
Teamwork is a skill that has to be practiced as a group. Military units rely on each other in life-and-death situations, intensifying feelings of camaraderie and interdependence. | Source

12. Faster Resolutions

By generating multiple solutions in a short period of time and through the effective allocation of human resources, teams can complete tasks and solve problems more quickly than individuals.

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. More Involvement With New Ideas

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

14. More Inputs Mean More Creativity

More people inputting their thoughts means a wider range of ideas and a greater chance of varied, playful, creative, unusual, and innovative solutions.

15. Greater Motivation and Morale

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

What is a Good Definition of Teamwork in the Workplace?

Teamwork is the idea of a group working together cooperatively on a task with common purpose. Within a workplace, this means people with differing skills, experience, and viewpoints combining effectively and efficiently to achieve a shared goal.

What are Teamwork Skills: Definition and Examples

Teamwork skills are particular abilities which when put together enable an organized group to achieve its goals effectively and efficiently.

Examples of teamwork skills include:

  • Being punctual and reliable.
  • Showing commitment to the pursuit of common goals.
  • Helping and guiding other members of the team.
  • Sharing information and resources openly.
  • Willingness to listen, discuss, and where necessary, persuade others.
  • Sharing responsibility.
  • Working for the good of the group.
  • Respectfulness and tolerance of others.

What Are the Benefits of Helping Coworkers and Other Team Members?

  • Helping others will help you build better and stronger relationships at work.
  • Your coworkers will likely return the favor and offer you help in the future.
  • You can never have too many friends at work. If you have your teammates' backs, they'll have yours, too.
  • Being known as a supportive team player has its benefits. They'll be more likely to praise and recommend you, which will look good on your resume and will certainly work in your favor next time you're up for promotion.

7 Ways to Improve Teamwork in the Workplace

  1. Set specific goals. Ensuring that everyone in the team has a clear understanding of desired outcomes enables everyone to pull in the same direction. Confused or non-existent goals cause confusion and demoralization.
  2. Encourage social activities. Forcing people to participate in or attend formal team-building exercises often doesn't work and can even have a negative effect. However, encouraging low pressure, informal social events to develop organically can help team members to form deeper bonds.
  3. Promote good communication. Open communication between all team members, whatever their status within the organization makes everyone feel important and allows management to gain useful feedback and ideas.
  4. Celebrate individuality. Everyone in a team has their own strengths and weaknesses. Different people have different ways of working. A culture of respect for the individuality of each worker, along with flexible working practices can enable a diverse group to flourish.
  5. Involve team members in hiring. Reserving hiring decisions solely for HR and senior management can be disastrous for a team's cohesiveness. A new member who is divisive or a poor fit will pull the team apart. For this reason it's better to involve team members in the interview process and decision making.
  6. Set clear roles. Individual team members, including leaders, need to know exactly what they should be doing. Otherwise, arguments can develop over who is responsible for what, and workloads can be delegated unfairly, sparking resentment.
  7. Speedy resolution of disputes. Minor disputes can be settled by the group without management interference, but bigger disputes, if allowed to grow can split a team apart. A good leader knows when to intervene and how to mediate effectively.

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

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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.

  • 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

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      shaikha 

      6 months ago

      if your team only want you to do all the work and you did every possible thing wha should you do

      very great job excellent

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      Anubhab 

      12 months ago

      Great article by u

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      Daisy M.B 

      21 months ago

      Great article. Thanks. I love well coordinated teams. They are so rewarding.

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      Monique Calbet 

      2 years ago

      This is a great article on teamwork.

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      benjamin banjoh chikwiriro 

      2 years ago

      great thoughts on advantages of team work

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      DEE 

      2 years ago

      good write up

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      fatumah bruhan 

      2 years 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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      Jatinder Joshi 

      6 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

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

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      pmccray 

      7 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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      wonderingwoolley 

      7 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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      tarajeyaram 

      7 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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