Defining Teamwork…

Routine duties and responsibilities fill most of our days. When unexpected challenges arise, it can sometimes be too much for one person to handle. Having a group of professionals who are able to combine their strengths and talents to achieve a common goal … well, that is when the magic of true teamwork happens. Teamwork can help build strong work peer relationships and provide an opportunity for others to learn from the strengths of their co-workers, while also providing an opportunity for leadership development. Besides that, working with a team can make work more enjoyable.

Author, Kermit Burley explains that “There are many definitions of teamwork offered by sports figures, generals and company leaders. All of them agreeing on one thing; teamwork is extremely important for the success of a company. How you describe teamwork is also important, and once it is defined, it can be achieved.” To assist in defining teamwork, here are four great reasons Kermit Burley shared in his article, “How to Describe the Importance of Teamwork” that will direct you towards the right path:

Teamwork Multiplies Success
Teamwork has often been described as one plus one equals three. On teams, people can work together and accomplish much more than they could by themselves. This concept of synergy is how many sports teams achieve success. Often, the teams with the best players do not win championships. It is frequently the teams that work best together that accomplish great things. Your company can also accomplish great things when everyone is working together toward a common goal. Define that goal clearly and watch your people achieve it.


Teamwork Makes the Job Easier
The industrial revolution began the era of mass production and also the division of tasks in the workforce. Employees now specialize in areas and contribute to the team through the work they produce. By specializing in areas like merchandising or accounting, they become more expert at their tasks and make your team more effective as a result. Working in teams also teaches your associates to work together more effectively and frequently new ways of doing things are discovered by team members working together to solve a problem.

Teamwork Maximizes Strengths and Reduces Weaknesses
In team sports, team members work together in order to win. Individual weaknesses can be minimized through the efforts of the team. In football, for example, a weaker lineman receives help from a team mate to help block a competing player and the pass is completed successfully. In your company, you place your people where their strengths can be best used. People with the best human relations skills are placed in human resources and your best advertisers work in merchandising. Weaknesses can be reduced when your people concentrate on their areas of strength.

Teamwork Makes Work Fun
Work is more fun when you are a part of a team. You can build on other people’s ideas and share in completing the assignment together. You also have another pair of eyes to look at the work, which further reduces errors and mistakes. Studies have also shown that laughter and fun reduce stress, which can also increase effectiveness on the job. Teams that enjoy working together can accomplish great things for your company and great teams achieve their goals again and again.

The ability to define and understand teamwork is vital in order to compete and succeed in today’s business world. Give it a try — you just might be amazed at the difference teamwork can make!

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