Working for a company is much more than completing your required tasks. It also means working with a team of other people with backgrounds, opinions, and values different from your own.  However, differences that are not navigated cautiously can sometimes create friction among co-workers. It’s important to focus on collaboration just as much as performance when working in a group. When teamwork is established, it’s impact can greatly affect overall company growth. But how exactly can teamwork create impact?

When an environment is cultivated with teamwork as a priority, the atmosphere that corresponds often fosters friendship and loyalty. In turn, when employees feel they are part of close-knit relationships they are more likely to co-operate, be supportive of one another, and work harder. The consequence of not creating a teamwork environment can often turn into an environment that encourages competition. While competition is healthy, it can also lead to employees becoming self-absorbed and more concerned with achieving as individuals rather than as a group.

In addition to increasing unity, team work can also increase individual growth. When you get a long with the people you work close with, colleagues are able to offer you feedback on your work that you may not otherwise come up with on your own. There is great value in sharing different opinions, as evaluating something from several perspectives can increase efficiency in the long run. Teamwork also encourages brainstorming, which often times motivates others to work harder to see their ideas turn into reality. When individuals only look out for themselves, they are not exposed to different perspectives which can delay progress and increase the chances of eliminating an idea all together.  Teamwork not only brings exposure to different perspectives, but it also gives employees the opportunity to learn skills from their colleagues as well. When working with people with different work experiences and titles, they are able to communicate and trade-off tips, analogies, and approaches that can otherwise not be learned through an article or google search.

Finally, encouraging a teamwork environment can improve overall individual satisfaction. Employers are less likely to leave an organization if they feel that they formed friendships with their colleagues. Just as working in a negative work environment can cause people to quit, a positive work environment can persuade people to stay. This, in addition to have a reputation as a workplace with strong teamwork environment, can increase the percentage of applicants when recruiting for vacant positions.

Can you attest to being part of a team that worked together? How about being part of a team that didn’t foster unity? What was that experience like? We would love to hear your thoughts! please feel free to comment your opinion below and join the discussion.