“There is no such thing as ‘healthy’ competition within a knowledge organization; all internal competition is destructive. The nature of our work is that it cannot be done by any single person in isolation. Knowledge work is by definition collaborative.” This quote nicely sums up why collaboration is important in the workplace. Below, I expound on a few more points on why teamwork is essential in the office.
Pooling of Talent and Strengths
People have different strengths and weaknesses. By working together, individual’s strengths can be harnessed and this leads to a stronger team. Team mates’ weaknesses are minimised and dominated by the strength of the team. For example, a team mate might not be good at writing proposals but he has a truckload of good ideas. By collaborating with other team members who are better at writing, the team will be able to come up with good ideas which are concisely written. By sharing knowledge, the team will, at the same time, feel more unified.
Collaboration speeds up solutions. There is no doubt about it. When people work together, the workload is divided up and productivity improves. A particular project might take months if only two people are working on it. However, if a team of six each take a small portion of the project that they are an expert at, the whole project might be completed in one week! Problems can also be more quickly solved when more heads are working together, as discussions will lead to more answers.
Development Of Skills
When collaborating, people learn from each other. Team members are able to see how others work and negotiate and would be able to acquire positive aspects from each other. This indirectly saves the company on some training fees. Collaboration is free and it works because employees know that everyone is in the same boat and it makes sense to share skills, knowledge and ideas with each other.
Job satisfaction is defined as "a pleasurable or positive emotional state resulting from the appraisal of one's job or job experiences". Collaboration brings about gratifying experiences as work gets done faster, more skills are being learnt and employees are more social with each other. When team members are satisfied in their jobs, they will develop a stronger sense of purpose and loyalty towards their company.
The above are only main points, but there are absolutely other benefits to collaboration. To increase collaboration in your team, why not try out team building activities? At CulinaryOn, we have a dedicated team of staff to help you enhance collaboration within your team. We structure fun team building activities mixed in with an entertaining cooking class, so that your team members can enjoy themselves and at the same time, increase their relationships with each other! Give us a call or email us for more information today.