7 Key Benefits of Teamwork

The benefits of teamwork are undeniable; when employees work well together, the company as a whole benefits. Some managers consider teamwork building sessions a waste of time, and it's true that some activities geared toward team building can be ridiculous or ineffective. However, when successful teamwork is fostered, the improved communication, coordination and morale results in happier, more productive employees. While you don't want to waste your time with silly exercises, you may want to look for ways to promote real, tangible teamwork. These are the concrete results to watch for as you focus on building teamwork in your department.

1. Efficiency
With teamwork comes improved efficiency. The last thing you want is to have two employees reproducing the same project or doing the same work when the task can be handled by one employee. Make sure employees communicate regarding task assignments, project scopes and how projects intersect to maximize efficiency.

2. Morale
Employees who work well together are happier, which boosts morale. This makes your office a more pleasant place in which to work, and that may lead to better employee retention.

3. Information Preservation
If employees work together, valuable information is shared, protecting the company from injury or loss when someone leaves the company. When an employee works on a project by herself and other employees don't know exactly what she does or how to run the project this lone employee handles, a problem can arise when that employee quits or is let go. Sharing information can cut down on time spent learning valuable information a former employee understood well.

4. Innovation
When successful teamwork prevails, innovation skyrockets. It's true that two heads can be better than one; let your employees brainstorm for solutions together, working out the kinks in project plans.

5. Reduced Waste
While teamwork building meetings can feel like a waste of time, the resulting cooperation and reduction of redundancy can more than compensate for the time invested in collaborating with one another. Encourage employees to look for ways to reduce duplication of efforts and streamline production.

6. Usability
When employees collaborate on projects that affect other employees in the company, you'll see great benefits in the usability and workability of projects. The employees who will actually use the product or process in question will have valuable input for those on the design end of the product or process. If you give employees a chance to work together as a team, you'll reduce the need to rework projects, products and procedures.

7. Unity
One of the most valuable benefits of teamwork is the sense of unity that accompanies a positive work environment. By fostering this sense of unity, you also promote a sense of "all for one and one for all," which is good for the whole company.

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