There is no I in TEAMWORK: On the Field or in the Office


Ask any coach why their team is successful and you’ll probably hear versions of the same answer:  Great Teamwork.  Individual talent is great, but unless you have support and synergy within the group, goals are nearly impossible to meet.  The same can be said for any corporate team.

In defining teamwork, The Happy Manager blog explains that, “It doesn’t mean doing the same thing or everybody being able to do each other’s jobs.  It’s more a means to a synergistic way of working, where the sum is greater than the parts.”

When so much valuable time is being spent hiring the right people, at least as much care should be taken to ensure that teamwork is commonplace in the office.  The advantages of teamwork should be effectively communicated to every manager and employee involved.  So let’s get started:

Five ways teamwork affects the office and working environment positively:

  1. Communication:

    Communication isn’t just about talking to each other at the water cooler about the last episode of Scandal. Encouraging open discussions within the workplace environment will foster ideas, facilitate brainstorming, and create faster solutions to issues. The more employees know about each other’s jobs and/or projects, the more likely they’ll be able to offer suggestions.

  2. Camaraderie: 

    Camaraderie gives employees a sense of unity and common goal. If all members are playing their part, trust , morale and loyalty will be strengthened.

  3. Productivity: 

    Teamwork promotes a motivational environment where people are likely to feel empowered and confident.  An empowered team is a productive team, and the more production there is, the easier it is to reach company goals.

  4. Growth: 

    Employees that are actively participating in brainstorming ideas, collaborating with others, and motivating their team are likely to see personal growth.  They learn from others willingly and, in turn, share that knowledge with others.

  5. Culture: 

    Teamwork is directly related to workplace culture.  A large part of the hiring process focuses on finding candidates who will work well with the existing team and be a strong ‘cultural fit’.  If the teamwork mentality is strong within the company, it becomes much easier to determine if a candidate will ‘fit’ into the culture.

But you don’t have to take my word for it.  Remember that the great Vince Lombardi said, "Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work."   And according to Mattie Stepanek, “Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."