Teamwork in the workplace

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Teamwork means a sense of unity, of enthusiasm for common interests and duties. As developed among a group of persons closely connected in a task, cause, enterprise, etc.

There are certain qualities that members of the team must have to produce effective teamwork.

Firstly, there must be a high level of confidence among team members, a characteristic that stems from open communication and the increase of trust and risk-taking. Through interdependence come the group dynamics, which are how team members interact with each other. Healthy dynamics lead to team members being more satisfied and therefore working more efficiently together, whereas unhealthy dynamics lead to conflict, and consequentially to unsatisfied team members.

Due to this, an important characteristic of efficient teamwork is healthy conflict resolution, that comes along with open communication. For efficient teamwork to exist, a team needs to have clear and attainable goals, through which team members can feel accomplished and motivated.

Finally, sharing leadership positions between team members enhances teamwork due to the feeling of shared responsibility and accountability. Team effectiveness and chemistry may also be linked to personality types. Depending on personality types, teams may be more or less efficient.

8 Keys to Successful Teamwork

1. The Team Is Clear About Its Mission.
2. Strong Sense of Group Commitment.
3. Respectful Communication Is the Model.
4. Creativity and Innovation Are the Standards.
5. Engages in Continuous Improvement.
6. Solves Teamwork Problems and Conflicts.
7. Practices Participative Leadership.
8. Makes High-Quality Decisions.

Why is Teamwork Important?

What difference teamwork makes. Teams and teamwork have become a central part of our work life. Why is teamwork important?

1. Creates synergy – where the sum is greater than the parts.
2. Supports a more empowered way of working, removing constraints which may prevent someone from doing their job properly.
3. Promotes flatter and leaner structures, with less hierarchy.
4. Encourages multi-disciplinary work where teams cut across organizational divides.
5. Fosters flexibility and responsiveness, especially the ability to respond to change.
6. Pleases customers who like working with good teams (sometimes the customer may be part of the team).
7. Promotes the sense of achievement, equity and camaraderie, essential for a motivated workplace.
8. When managed properly, teamwork is a better way to work.

UK entrepreneur, Richard Branson, says:

“What matters is working with a few close friends, people you respect, knowing that if times did turn bad these people would hold together.”

So, there you have it – a few ways to improve teamwork in your organization. Try planting a few of these seeds in your organization, find out which ones serve you best, and reap the harvest of stronger teamwork.
If you’ve got any other sweet suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!