This week’s guest blog is from Helen Winder, Managing Director of Transire Ltd.
Team work – The importance of it and how to work with other companies
Teamwork is important to the success of any organisation and the opportunity for individuals to work together towards achieving a common goal. The benefits of teamwork are huge, not only for the individual and the business, but also for the relations between other companies that work with yours.
Now is the time to ask yourself if you experiencing the benefits of teamwork? Have you built a successful team?
Take a look at how your employees work together, how you work alongside outsourced companies and how you encourage the collaboration and sharing of ideas and processes in a team environment.
Teamwork not only benefits your employees, and yourself, but also your business and its success level. To ensure teamwork is carried out effectively, you as the team leader, and those within each team must have open channels of communication so each team member knows their role, deadlines they must meet, and what is the common, shared outcome. Many companies take their staff on team building days. Their are hundreds of great companies who provide a range of events for you, and your colleagues to bond over!
Is your company culture one that encourages teamwork? Here are some benefits of teamwork.
Relation-building within the workplace
By collaborating, employees and outsourced teams will bond with each other, improving trust, accountability, idea generation, processes and sharing the success resulting from the teamwork. Team members motivate and encourage one another, support and give feedback to others. Relations are improved and lead to a more satisfactory result and ongoing relations that enhance the company and its sense of community.
Relation-building with other companies – your outsourced team
Developing a positive relationship with your outsourced team is just as important as creating a partnership with your internal team. While your outsourced team may not be in your office, or in the same country as you, the relationship you form and foster is essential to your success. If you are committed to outsourcing as a business strategy then you must communicate and articulate your requirements and expectation to your outsourced team. Share your vision and goals and motivate your outsourced team just as you would your in-house team.
By encouraging teamwork in the workplace, staff carry out set tasks, and avoid the repetition of tasks that others are doing. Successful teamwork will see task completion more efficiently and increased productivity. Coordinating and collaborating as a team and calling on individuals to complete tasks using their specialised skills results in a better final product.
While working by yourself can have many benefits, it can also lower morale. Working solo can prevent growth and the development of ideas. By working as a team with a shared goal, you also share feedback, highs, lows, successes and lift each other up. By allocating and distributing tasks to employees that suits their skill-set they will thrive as they work together – and individually – within a team to produce the results.
Education and learning
Working in a team will increase the opportunity for learning, sharing of ideas and information, networking and further education. Whether you know it or not, by working in a team you are opening your mind to the possibilities, knowledge and learnings fellow members bring to the table. Cooperating as team is an opportunity for staff to learn from other staff – of all levels, experience and skills. Working as a team enables people to challenge the ideas of others – and even themselves – give and gain feedback and reach a compromise solution which enhances the business and project outcome.