Encouraging Employbility Series- Article 3 – Teamwork



What is a team?

A team is a group of individuals who work together to achieve a common goal.


What is teamwork?

Teamwork is when a group of people work together towards a common goal by creating a positive working atmosphere and supporting each other to combine individual strengths in order to improve team performance. Teamwork gives us a sense of unity and passion as we share our common interests and responsibilities.

An environment which has good teamwork in place promotes friendship and trustworthiness. Such bonds encourage employees to do better and make them to work harder, collaborate and be supportive of one another. Teamwork also facilitates progress and helps the teams to rise above obstacles and challenges that would have thwarted an individual.


Where do you see teams every day?

  • Family
  • Neighbourhood
  • School Quiz teams
  • Sports teams
  • Friends
  • RWA
  • Industrial association


Importance of teamwork

Teamwork always achieves better than any individual effort can ever do. It unites knowledge and skills of individuals with diverse talents, weaknesses, communication skills, strengths, and habits. Teamwork exposes new and innovative ideas often invaluable in today’s competitive business world.


The differing ages, backgrounds, skill sets, and experience levels of a team means that there’s a unique perspective just waiting to be heard. When you create a safe space where individuals can work together as a team without the fear of criticism, new ideas and perspectives will start to flow.


While making best use of individual strengths, teamwork creates an eco-system of mutual support and learning on difficult problems by creating common ownership of actions and decisions.


Teamwork also helps us overcomes domination and ultimately leads to business development.


What helps build teamwork in the workplace?


Segregating work

Dividing works among members is essential for efficient teamwork. Teamwork also demands getting organized and breaking the work down into its simpler components. This is followed by allocating tasks to individuals based on their expertise and interest.


Seeking help

There is no shame in asking for help. It shows your sincerity and keenness to learn. So whenever you need expertise or support, just ask for it.


Staying connected

The team members must stay connected throughout the project. Sharing the findings, milestones achieved along with problem and challenges creates better cohesion among team members.


Reviewing work done

Regular review meetings are imperative as they help in further planning or designing with a better clarity. It also helps in accessing the team member’s work.


Challenges that teams face

  • Personality conflict
  • Differences in work style
  • Competing goals and vision
  • Lack of Transparency
  • Poor Communication
  • Ineffective Leadership


Basic team skills

  • Trust
  • Flexibility
  • Good manners
  • Understanding
  • Transparency
  • Participation
  • Trust
  • Respectfulness
  • Listening


How to make a good team

  • Good communication skills
  • Shared goals
  • Conflict resolution
  • Group processing
  • Personal responsibility
  • Positive interdependence

Steps of team development

  • Forming
  • Storming
  • Norming
  • Performing


Form a team —– Brainstorm ideas ——-  Draft the norms of working together —- Perform


Teamwork Skills you need in 2020 –


Communication skills

Efficient communicate both verbal and non-verbal, is critical for proper working of a team as it helps in better understanding of work and of each other.


Support skills

As a team member you must extend support to one another by applauding others in moments of achievement, or by encouraging in challenging times. It is also very important to consider other members as collaborators rather than competitors. However, the pivotal thing is to respect one another.


Problem-solving skills

Problem-solving ability includes a certain level of wisdom and experience. For this kind of ability you need to have the ability to gauge a given situation and reach at a solution. In teamwork, problem-solving skills are extremely valued as team members are expected to generate solutions as a team for situations and problems that can damage the company’s reputation and business.

Listening and feedback skills

It is very important to listen attentively and have proper understanding of what your team members mean. It is also necessary to take interest in others problems as it shows that you are concerned about them and their achievements.

When people meet, magic happens, When Diverse people meet, the magic gets elevated!


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