Definition of teamwork in the workplace

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Definition of teamwork in the workplace
Teamwork starts in childhood. (Image by, courtesy of woodley wonderworks)

People in the workplace perform teamwork when they combine their individual talents in pursuit of a goal -- a goal usually demonstrated through a company mission -- and at the same time try to diminish the boss-and-co-worker mentality.

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Despite failures or mistakes, everyone needs to build a commitment from the start. This entails meeting as a team, building a good rapport with each other and establishing short- and long-term goals. Commitment also means focusing on the team as one solitary unit, not as a boss-and-co-worker relationship. Nobody monopolises the project mission.


Each individual assumes ownership or responsibility for contributions and mistakes, and follows up with alternatives. In other words, an individual needs to be humble enough to admit he made a mistake and does not slow the mission of the team with greedy individual pursuit.


Good teamwork embraces a vision; the team has a clear goal of what it wants to accomplish. Everyone shares a responsibility for that vision, and helps each other to succeed.


Although talent and skill do count in teamwork, a team member must remain teachable if his idea gets discounted. Good teamwork sets aside personality differences.


Good teamwork applies in all facets of life, not just the workplace. Think about how churches accomplish their goals: teamwork. Individuals who attempt to carry too much responsibility out of fear and ego do not net much happiness. In fact, they causes themselves too much stress. Shared responsibility and good teamwork produce long-term happiness.

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