What does it take to build a team that will bring both change and growth to your organization? As an organization that values things like teamwork, collaboration, and organizational trust; what can you do to help foster a culture based on teamwork?
What is teamwork as part of an organizational culture? Many different definitions exist, although many surround key topics. For instance, Australian Consultant and Management Trainer Derek Stockley found the definition of teamwork as
“A group of people, contributing their individual knowledge and skills but working together to achieve a common goal/task.”
Valuable definition that surrounds the concept of teamwork. But what makes teamwork important?
Teamwork in organizational settings is an important aspect of creating a well-oiled machine to get tasks and projects done. Teamwork is important in an organization because of the scope of the work it performs on a daily basis.
A single employee cannot take on all of the responsibilities of an organization. Each employee hired by the company has a certain skill set, which contributes to a single department.
In other words, a single department has a collection of workers who each contribute something to reach the organization’s goals and objectives.
For Employees, The ability to work as part of a team is one of the most important skills in today’s job market. Employers are looking for workers who can contribute their own ideas, but also want people who can work with others to create and develop projects and plans.
Plus, when employees work in an environment that focuses on individuals only, not only are their skills underutilized, but many more downsides can occur. For instance,
This Forbes article provides an in-depth look into why solidarity is bad in a workplace.
What skills do employees and employers need to foster teamwork in the workplace? As relationships and trust are important, the US Department of Labor gives 6 points on which to focus to build an effective team.
At some point, every team must move from generating ideas to assessing their value. The process used to evaluate those ideas is critical to the team’s overall success. So, how do we effectively address this challenge — the “we-have-numerous-great-ideas-but-what-do-we-do-with-them” issue? Here are several sources of insight:
So avoiding a win-or-lose approach and collaborating to meet goals. But how can you move this collaboration process forward? Talent Culture offers three ‘ideation’ guidelines to foster brainstorming.
So there’s the primer on teamwork. We look to share more ideas on building a teamwork-focused culture that will prime your organization for further growth.
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