• Rucha Bajpai

Teamwork:- Key to #sucess of any organization...

What is a teamwork?

Teamwork is the effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.The concept of teamwork seen within the greater framework of a group of employee or team, which is a group of individuals who work together towards a common goal.

What is a the importance of teamwork?

Effective teamwork is an important aspect of any organisation's success. There are many benefits of teamwork, most notably, an increase in motivation from your employees. Motivation from your employees means more success for your company. ...Teamwork is used across many different industries to increase performance, employee unity and company culture. Companies that must frequently develop new ideas or products using a project-based approach assemble teams in order to diffuse responsibility and to increase the number and diversity of ideas for the project. Team members use teamwork to bounce ideas off of one another before deciding on a development path for a project.

Importance of teamwork at the workplace are as follows:-

  • Teamwork triggers creativity When all the members of a team operate at an equal level, people tend to be more open about their ideas. If an employee feels a sense of connection with his teammates.He should confidently share his opinions and thoughts without fear of judgment, it will give a leap to one’s creativity as well as the overall sucess of team.

  • Teamwork makes employees happy will always be instrumental in bringing success as compared to sad and dejected employees. When a team behaves like a family, then work no more seems to be a burden.People will be pleased to come to the office which inadvertently will boost performance and success.

  • Teamwork leads to learning Every individual has his own set of skills and strengths. When the whole team works as one unit, people can always avail opportunities to learn from others. This process leads to resource building as employees then become better equipped to deal with challenges.The polishing of skills of employees can prove a boon for the company as well as for the individual growth of employees.

  • Work pace improves with teamwork One person working on a project is always going to take longer as compared to the collaborated effort of many. But remember, teamwork and team are two different terms.

Teamwork might be missing in a team of people. Projects can be delivered well in time only if a team puts a joint effort in the right spirit.When work is divided into a team as per the specializations of people, responsibilities get shared and every task is performed effectively as per the individual specializations, thus boosting performance and output.

  • Teamwork contributes to revenue generation At the end of the day, profitability is all that matters the most for an organization. Since no organization works for charity, it is important to meet the targets and revenue needs.When there is a proper division of responsibilities, every person does his bit so that the burden does not go on a single resource. Also, in the hour of need, everyone comes up with ideas and solutions. As a result of which, projects can be delivered on time and profits are reaped which is the ultimate goal.

  • Teamwork cultivates strong work relationships Teamwork can be effective in building great work relationships. By work relationships, we don’t mean that people have to be the best of friends. Rather, developing the right frame of mind where you respect and listen to other people’s opinions and collaborate positively is what we call a good work relationship.A team that has a great communication level has mutual understanding and trust in each other that will always prove beneficial for the organization. Team activities open the avenues of communication and relationship building for the team.

  • Teams can self-monitor In a good team, if one team member gets diverted from the work, others can help him align back to his work and finish it on time.Whereas, if a single person is responsible for something, any delays or loopholes are difficult to spot at an early stage. So teamwork can save blunders from happening without interference by higher management.

  • Brings a sense of accomplishment While working as a team on a common goal, team members encourage and support one another. When a team works on a project as one unit, the sense of accomplishment also becomes greater on finishing the task. It brings a sense of confidence and fulfillment in the entire team.

  • Teamwork induces accountability When working in a team, you experience a better sense of responsibility and accountability. You feel that anything you do will affect others. Your carelessness can create trouble for others and your good work can benefit the whole team.In such a situation, you would want to but only make a good mark. So, you become more dedicated and careful in all your actions out of peer pressure which acts as a powerful force.

Nothing great can be accomplished by only one person. Team effort is a must to make any organization a success.

Teamwork needs effort and this effort has to be put on the part of managers and bosses first. Some efforts are as follows:-

  • Treat your team members as you are one of them and not just entitled to give orders and be bossy. Your behavior will build a niche for others to follow as a team.

  • Great teamwork can brim the hearts of people in your team with enthusiasm. As a result of which, they develop a sense of a common goal and work dedicatedly to achieve that goal.

  • Acknowledging every teammate as a valuable asset and lending an ear to everyone’s opinions can contribute manifold in the collective outcome or synergy of a team. At the same time, the use of the right technological tools can empower a team with better equipment to collaborate and make a collective effort.

How to Become a Good Team Player?

Tips for a better team work:-

  • Think about your team first - Every individual should think of his team first and his personal interests should take a backseat. Do not mix your personal issues with your professional life. Keep them separate. Never underestimate your team member - Do not neglect any of the members, instead work together and also listen to them as well. Never try to impose your ideas on any member. Avoid demotivating any team member.

  • Discuss - Before implementing any new idea, it must be discussed with each and every member on an open platform. Never ever discuss with anyone separately as the other person feels left out and reluctant to perform and contribute to the team.

  • Avoid criticism - Stay away from criticism and making fun of your team members. Help each other and be a good team player. Be the first one to break the ice and always create a friendly ambience. If you do not agree with any of your team member, make him understand his mistakes but in a polite tone and do guide him. Avoid negativity within the team.

  • Transparency must be maintained and healthy interaction must be promoted among the team members - The communication must be effective, crystal clear and precise so that every team member gets a common picture. Effective communication also nullifies misunderstandings and confusions. Confusions lead to conflicts and individuals waste their time and energy in fighting rather than working.

  • The team leader must take the responsibility of encouraging the team members - to give their level best and should intervene immediately in cases of conflicts. The personality of the leader should be such that every team member should look up to him and take his advice whenever required. He should not be partial to any member and support each of them equally. It is the duty of the team leader to extract the best out of his team members. For better team work, try to understand your team members well. Do not just always talk business, it is okay if you go out with your team members for lunch or catch a movie together. It improves the relations and strengthens the bond among the team members. The team members must trust each other for maximum output.

  • Avoid conflicts in your team - Don’t fight over petty issues and find faults in others. One should be a little adjusting with each other and try to find an alternative best suited to all the team members.

  • Rewards and Recognition - Healthy competition must be encouraged among the team members. The performance of every team member must be evaluated timely and the best performer should be rewarded suitably so that the other members also get motivated to perform. Recognitions like “The Best Team Player” or the “The Best Performer” go a long way in motivating the team members. Appreciate the member who performs the best or does something unique.

  • Always express your opinion - A good team player will always voice out his opinion in a discussion. This not only shows that you are actively engaged in the discussion but also reflects your concern for the good of the team

  • Be ready to go the extra mile - If you want to be a good team member, you should always be ready to walk the extra mile for your team. By that, we mean, if your project demands you to do some work outside the horizon of your assigned duties, you should always be ready to do that to build good team relationships and goodwill.