The importance of teamwork for a business

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The importance of teamwork for a business
Teamwork is a vital component of any business. (Teamwork ..together image by pdesign from Fotolia.com)

Teamwork is a crucially important part of any business. While some employees may work better alone, results can often be achieved to a higher standard with the collective input and expertise of a group of workers, each with their own skills and talents that can be harnessed to meet an objective. Any business who underestimates the importance of teamwork leaves itself vulnerable to lack of communication, leading to errors being made.

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Definition

Business Directory describes teamwork as "The process of working collaboratively with a group of people, in order to achieve a goal." The salient points of this definition are that the people work 'collaboratively', meaning that they work together, to 'achieve a goal'. While differences of opinion may arise, the team works as one unit to overcome any issues, formulate a strategy for managing the project, and ultimately achieving an objective.

The importance of teamwork for a business
A team works together to fulfil an objective. (team image by Andrey Kiselev from Fotolia.com)

Requirements and Qualities

First and foremost, a team must have had communicated to them a clear goal to work towards. Poor communication may lead to confusion, which in turn will lead to insufficient results.

A strong team will also include a mixture of people, with different academic backgrounds, levels of expertise, and skills that can be brought to the group and used resourcefully to achieve the required objective. The team must be able to talk openly and honestly to each other, sharing ideas and making suggestions whilst listening to and understanding what others have to say.

The importance of teamwork for a business
A good team requires a mix of talents. (team image by AGITA LEIMANE from Fotolia.com)

Importance

While many employees are able to perform vital functions on their own, working as a team brings a diverse range of talents and resources to a project that would be almost impossible for just one person to match. Ideas on the project itself and how to achieve its goals can be traded, and new perspectives and points of view voiced, which would be difficult to achieve with one person, who may be firmly fixed on one - perhaps erroneous - perspective, thus lowering the quality of the results.

The importance of teamwork for a business
Each person in a team has a valuable contribution to make. (Three office workers image by Vladimir Melnik from Fotolia.com)

Dangers

Because a team is a group of people, each with their own opinions and personalities, conflicts can and do arise. If not acted upon swiftly and effectively, this can lower morale in the team and diminish productivity, affecting the quality of results achieved.

A team can also take longer than an individual to achieve an objective, as organising a team often requires considerable preparation.

The importance of teamwork for a business
Conflict can arise within a team. (business team image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

Results

The results of having a good team working on a business project include a guarantee that the task will have been dealt with thoroughly, with issues and objectives having been looked at with scrutiny from almost every conceivable perspective. This means that the goal is achieved with a very high standard and quality of work.

A good team will also generate and nurture a bond of trust and confidence, both in themselves and one another. This will positively affect their self-esteem, confidence in their colleagues, and possibly their loyalty to the company, increasing productivity - and, ultimately, company profit.

The importance of teamwork for a business
A good team will achieve great success. (business success image by UBE from Fotolia.com)

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