Part of creating an inclusive and work culture is encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Recent statistics show that teamwork helps to encourage workplace productivity, job satisfaction and even increased profitability for businesses. While it can be tempting to divide tasks among staff, it can be gratifying for the team to work on projects together.
In this blog, we will discuss the importance of teamwork in a workplace and some ways employers can introduce it without creating a whole new dynamic or employee structure.
Why is teamwork so essential in an office?
- Teamwork enables staff members to share skills and learn from each other’s strengths. Something which doesn’t happen when everyone is in charge of their work. You could even introduce small workshops where staff members share their knowledge more formally. Everyone on the team will have something different to share.
- Working with others helps develop people’s confidence in themselves and their abilities. You can try out new ideas and voice opinions that you may feel afraid to do when working alone.
- Teamwork develops a sense of equality within a workplace and removes the sometimes toxic structures of hierarchy. It can help to reduce discrimination and prejudice between staff members.
- Collaborating with your co-workers is a great way to build relationships. It can help colleagues relax into their working relationships and feel comfortable with each other, which can help build work satisfaction in the long run.
How can I introduce teamwork into my business?
If you are convinced by the importance of teamwork and want to know some easy ways to introduce it into your business, have a look at some of our tips below:
- Hold regular group meetings where staff can share and discuss ideas and projects. Teamwork doesn’t have to mean everybody working on the same thing simultaneously; it can simply mean sharing the progress of your work and offering advice.
- Think about which projects could benefit from a variety of different skill sets. For example, if you are creating a big presentation at work, you may want to involve somebody who has strong public speaking skills and somebody who knows graphic design.
- If you do work in a physical space, consider how your office’s layout either helps or hinders teamwork. If everyone’s desks are facing outwards, people will have their backs to each other and struggle to communicate.
- Reward healthy team behaviour, as well as the quality of the work. If your staff know how much they appreciate their collaborative effort, they are more likely to be up for working in a team again.
- If you want teamwork to occur more naturally in your workplace, you could consider organising some social events so that your staff get to know each other better and feel more comfortable working with each other. Team building days are a great way to boost morale and highlight one and the other’s skills.
If you are an employer interested in improving the atmosphere and culture of your workplace, visit our website Aspiring to Include for more advice and tips.