Teamwork: Better With It Than Without It

July 26, 2016

All businesses require teamwork in order to achieve optimum efficiency and productivity. Even a small business with a limited number of employees needs everyone working together to achieve goals, service customers, and make sales. When this occurs with repeated frequency, the business is viable, profitable, and provides jobs for employees.

Working Together

When employees work together, the collective group can achieve much more than individuals working only by themselves. Employees backup each other when someone is out, work together to solve problems, and pitch in when workloads become unbalanced. Communication is a key element in having a cohesive work group. Rather than looking out only for one's self, employees begin to look out for each other. It is reassuring for employees to know that there is always reliable and competent backup when needed.

Employees theoretically know their individual job functions but when taken as a whole, a collective group is smarter and more proficient than any individual working alone. A quote by Aristotle can be applied when speaking about teamwork, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”  What someone misses regarding procedures, processes, sales, etc., someone else can spot and a deficiency can then be fixed.

Enthusiasm Energizes Everyone

Considering most employees spend more time at work than at home or with friends, they generally want to work in a positive environment. They want to be motivated and excited about what they do and whom they work with. Teamwork produces this type of enthusiasm that almost all employees seek to find. When a group works together, has common goals, watches out for each other, and thinks "we" rather than "I," everyone is energized to accomplish more and produce better quality work.

As teamwork becomes more prevalent in a business, trust between employees starts to increase. Trust allows individuals to capitalize on their strengths while not being apprehensive to discuss weaknesses and how those weaknesses can be improved. Trust, also, allows information to be shared rather than kept secret. The free flow of information where everyone is informed about the business creates an atmosphere of involvement and creativity...what can "I" do to help my company succeed?

Dynamic Teams Make Things Happen

When working individually, one person can accomplish only so much. When working as a team, however, much greater accomplishments can be achieved. While an objective might seem impossible for an individual, teamwork makes the impossible achievable. The old adage, "There is strength in numbers," is true about teamwork.

A dynamic team truly knows no boundaries. Rather than working within pre-set parameters, narrow visions, and limited accomplishments, a dynamic team on the other hand sees no real restrictions on what can be accomplished. They have an expanded vision of what they can realize working together as a team. They see triumphs as each team member reaches his or her full potential. Spectacular results become the norm rather than the exception.

When something goes wrong...and something always will go wrong...teamwork promotes solutions rather than blame. Collective minds solve problems much faster than individuals trying to protect themselves from what went wrong. The input from group decision-making produces better outcomes.

Better With It Than Without It

Since there are a multitude of advantages and relatively no disadvantages of having a teamwork environment, businesses should strive to create this type of atmosphere. It makes good business sense regardless of size or the number of employees to work on creating a culture that fosters teamwork, success, and rewards rather than creating a philosophy where individual accomplishments have greater importance than realizing group and company goals.

If businesses have employees, why not make teamwork "work?" It is so much better to have it than not have it!