Games like volleyball, basketball and rugby have something in common. You know what it is? It’s formed by group of people having the same goal- and that is to win the game despite different roles. That is how teamwork in a workplace works as well. It was developed for a common good and that is to achieve the company’s goals.
To get some idea of the value of collaboration in the workplace, consider a team sport. To win a baseball game, for example, the pitcher and the position players all have to excel in their roles. Traditionally, pitchers are not expected to be good hitters, but they certainly appreciate and encourage production from their teammates who are paid to swing the bat.
The value of teamwork is recognized by every player as they work together toward something bigger — the common team goal of winning the game. This is what happens in a workplace as well!
The workplace also requires recognizing and appreciating the value of teamwork, but getting the entire staff to come together and work toward a common big-picture goal is sometimes easier said than done.
There is no I in teamwork,” the old saying goes. It is all about embracing the differences and agreeing to one purpose of being there. At times, we cannot avoid clashes in the workplace but Managers know the importance of keeping team harmony and putting people in positions where they can succeed. There may not be an I in teamwork, but there is most certainly a we in well-balanced. Successful teamwork balances employees’ skills with the needs of the organization, the team’s strengths and weaknesses, resulting in a winning environment for the entire company.
It’s also important to remember that teamwork doesn’t just benefit the organization; collaboration can also increase job satisfaction and lead to better results. Working in teams allows your staff more opportunities to release their creative ideas and offers a greater sense of belonging.
Some people may be comfortable working alone, some with just a pair. We all respect such differences and that is a challenge for team leaders. But having a team to work with, eat with, enjoy with, brainstorm with and struggle with is certainly one heck of a reason why some employees are so engaged and attached to a company and performs well to achieve the team’s goals and of course, the company’s.