By Mckenna Gustafson, blog writer at TOP CFOS
We each have different associations of what teamwork means to us. For some, it may be flashbacks to lessons taught by a coach on the little-league soccer team. For others it may be an image of people shaking hands. And some may think of those team-building games we all did in middle school. Regardless of our initial associations with teamwork, it is clear that teamwork is required in every stage of life.
So how can teamwork benefit the culture and success of the workplace?
- Teamwork gives a sense of unity and pride. When people feel like they are a part of something greater than themselves, they are more likely to give their best effort. Also, team members have more to celebrate. One member’s success is the success of the team, and the team’s success becomes the success of each individual member. Who doesn’t want a reason for more celebration?
- Teamwork promotes friendship and goodwill among co-workers. While a little competition can be healthy, it is important that people recognize that success is a group effort. Group members are more focused on the goals of the group, rather than solely on their individual success.
- Teamwork encourages healthy risk taking. Oftentimes, individuals are hesitant to take risks in the workplace. What if they get blamed if things go south? When people have a team to back them up, they are more willing to take healthy risks. They have the knowledge that their team will be there to support them. More risks taken means more potential for growth. It’s a win-win.
- Teamwork promotes innovation and creativity. Everyone thinks about and looks at the world differently. When teamwork is promoted in the office, employees will be able to find solutions more easily and members will be encouraged to think in new ways. When it comes to that ongoing problem with the computer system or a new marketing strategy, talking about it with other team members can be an effective way to generate new ideas and solutions.
- Individuals’ strengths can be utilized to create a better whole. As the wise Mother Teresa once taught, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” One team member is excellent at remembering the names and faces of everyone at the networking event. One team member excels at budgeting. One team member can always lighten the mood with a perfectly-timed joke. Together, each person may not have the ideal balance of skills and traits, but a team can because of the strengths of each member.
In the workplace, the effectiveness of a team directly affects the success of the company.
When your team is happy, collaborates well, and synergizes its individual members’ strengths, success is sure to follow.
Here at TOP CFOs we strongly believe that having the right members working together on your team will divide the tasks and multiply the successes. We would love to join your team and help your business to make smart financial decisions and discover hidden profit centers. If you want to find out more, please fill out the form below. We promise to add to the strength and success of your team.
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