Promoting Teamwork in the Workplace

Why Promoting Teamwork in Your Workplace is Significant

Promoting teamwork in the workplace is an essential and the importance of the same should not be underestimated. In the following article we shall take you through the different ways in which teamwork can be promoted.
Workspirited Staff
Last Updated: Jan 13, 2018
Let's start off with a simple example that will help you understand the importance of effective teamwork in the workplace. Let's suppose, it's your first day at your new college and you don't know anyone there. It's natural that you feel a little lost and are still groping around to find your footing. Sure you make a few friends but you are not well acquainted with everyone around. And then you have this class project that gets you teamed up with a group of classmates whom you don't really know that well. But over a period of time while you'll work on the project and the interaction increases, you'll get much closer. The result? You feel like you finally belong to a group and you look forward to getting to college and working.

That is what teamwork will do. At the base of things, man is a social animal and thrives well in the company of others. At any workplace, the nature of the job expects that you interact with your colleagues. Why? Because the projects and assignments demand it. That is why it becomes very important that you get along well with your colleagues such that the work can be carried through effectively and efficiently. And in that way you'll truly work as a professional team, with no personal biases and preferences influencing the quality of your work.

In that direction, it becomes important to learn how to promote teamwork in the workplace because the efficiency and productivity of the workers directly depends on this.

How to Promote Teamwork within an Organization

One of the basic tenets for promoting teamwork is that there has to be increased interaction among the employees or team members. This helps them in learning to understand each other and deal with the different aspects of their behavior, both negative and positive within the context of the organizational tasks. Here are some of the ways in which effective teamwork can be promoted in the workplace.

Understanding Teamwork
There has to be a clear understanding of what teamwork is and that there is no place for 'ME' or 'I' in an organization. This attitude will only hamper the idea of the 'team'. Teamwork becomes easier to promote when there is an efficient leader in place to guide the team.

Team Members are Important
It is important that the team members feel important in the organization. They have to be encouraged to provide their inputs and any other suggestions. When team members know that they are an important part of the organization and that their contributions are valued, they will be more willing to work.

Meetings
It is very important to have clear goals in place and an understanding of how to achieve them well enough. This needs to be discussed in the meetings. Most companies arrange for monthly or bi-monthly meetings for their employees whereby they provide a platform to discuss their problems and find solutions for the same. This leads to clearing of any conflicts, problems and lends for a better understanding of the goals and how to get there.

Team Building Activities
Team building activities are some of the most common devices used for promoting teamwork in the workplace. Why is that? These activities aim at promoting not only teamwork, but also at enhancing the many skills required in a company like problem solving, analytical thinking and critical thinking among others. There are thus several types of team building activities that can be undertaken. The other ways in which this can be achieved is to arrange for general trips for the employees like a picnic or a movie. This helps them interact beyond the scope of work and get in a more personal feel to the whole deal.

Teamwork allows for so much more to be achieved in terms of goals and in improving the efficiency and productivity of the team members. Now that we have seen the ways in which team work can be promoted in the work place, one can get to implementing the same and working towards a better work force environment.
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