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25 Reasons Why Teamwork is Important in Any Organization

Promoting a teamwork culture in the office can have countless positive benefits on your organization's culture, productivity, and bottom line.

Whether you manage a team in-office or remotely, you've likely found that teamwork is vital to long-term success. Many of the perks of teamwork are interconnected, letting your company experience exponential benefits over time.

We could write a whole book about the benefits of teamwork, but for today let's look at twenty-five reasons why teamwork should be an essential part of your organization.

Note: If you're interested in team building, check out our corporate training games and interactive activities!

1. Increases Productivity

It always takes one person longer to complete a task than it would if a well-organized team tackled the same project.

A Productive Team

When work is divided within a team appropriately, and responsibilities are shared between different people, more work can be done in less time.

2. More Engaged Employees

When employees are always working independently, it's easy for them to get increasingly disengaged over time.

An Engaged Group of Employees

As a part of a team with a healthy culture, though, workers can find themselves in a climate of "psychological safety" where they feel confident about sharing their opinions and ideas, even if there are differing views on a topic. This sense of mental safety is known to help boost innovation, creativity, and engagement.

3. Greater Synergy

Something practically magical happens when a group of people comes together to solve a problem or accomplish a goal.

Employees Working Together

By adding their skills, backgrounds, experience, and knowledge together, a product is created that is greater than the sum of its parts.

4. Better Problem-Solving

When the right minds are all working together on a problem, you'll find that each individual brings unique perspectives to the table.

Employees Solving Problems

This can help increase your success when it comes to efficiently and effectively arriving at solutions to problems.

5. Boosts Adaptability

Adaptability and flexibility are essential in the fast-paced business environment, and a culture of teamwork can help increase your employees' abilities to switch gears or pitch in if necessary.

Adaptable Team of Employees

When each member is aware of their co-workers' responsibilities and roles, they can hop on board when a little extra help is needed on a project or task.

6. Increases Innovation and Creativity

One significant benefit of encouraging teamwork in the workplace is that it can help facilitate creativity and idea generation.

A Creative Team of Employees

When multiple people are working together to devise a solution, you'll find that the variety of perspectives offered can coalesce to reach an idea that wouldn't have been possible if those same people had tackled the problem separately.

7. Improves Customer Service

When your employees work together as a team, it also benefits your customers and clients. It helps create a unified service experience that solves problems and queries faster.

Customer Service Employees

It also ensures that everyone is on the same page, meaning that customers will receive the same high-quality care and information no matter which team member they speak with.

8. Improves Efficiency

If one of your goals is to improve efficiency in your business, creating an environment that values teamwork can mean work is done faster.

An Efficient Employee

Not only can you divide challenging tasks into bite-sized chunks that different people can tackle, but it also lets you delegate different tasks to people depending on their skill set.

9. Boosts Empathy

As a member of a team, each employee has a shared responsibility to hold each other accountable to complete tasks in a timely fashion. When everyone depends on everyone else to get their job done, it also means that it can increase empathy in the workplace as they are each more understanding of their team members' responsibilities and roles.

Empathetic Team of Employees

Empathy has been shown to improve engagement and creativity in the workplace and contribute to healthier company culture.

10. Promotes a Healthy Culture

There is a clear link between healthy, positive workplace culture and productivity levels, job satisfaction, and attendance. When you promote teamwork in your office or workplace, the organization's entire culture can benefit. Many of your employees will likely find their work more enjoyable when they have an improved relationship with their co-workers, which can boost morale and engagement.

A Healthy Company Culture

Teamwork doesn't just make for better relationships within teams but also between departments in your organization overall. When people work together towards a common goal, you'll find company-wide benefits when the vision and mission are incorporated into team projects.

11. Reduces Stress

One of the most notable benefits of teamwork in the workplace is the reduction in perceived work stress.

Team Supporting One Another

When people work together on a team, it means that individual members are supporting and encouraging one another consistently, which can help decrease the stress load on each employee.

12. Encourages Professional Development

Teamwork can help employees learn on the job as they have a better view of the roles their co-workers are filling. They are exposed to different perspectives and ideas that can help them gain a wider breadth of experience in a shorter time.

Encouraging Professional Development

That also means that teamwork can help to encourage professional development in your organization, which benefits individuals and the company itself. Team members can grow in their roles through on-the-job training, and more experienced workers can benefit from the fresh ideas of new employees.

13. Improves Diversity

Employees can learn from one another when they work together, as they are in contact with people with different backgrounds, experiences, skills, and knowledge.

A Diverse Workplace

This increased diversity in the organization can mean that your company is more innovative, flexible, and willing to take risks than your competitors.

14. Boosts Employee Retention

We all know that it's far more expensive to hire a new employee than to retain one, with some estimates placing the overall cost of replacing an employee about 90%-200% higher than the cost of keeping one.

When you promote a culture of teamwork, it can help to build a strong sense of belonging and community within a company. It also means that there is a higher likelihood for employees to feel valued and remain loyal to the organization. People appreciate having other people they can celebrate their wins with, and creating the opportunity for collaboration allows for a sense of togetherness and camaraderie.

A Team of Employees

The happier your employees are to come to work, the more likely you'll be able to keep people on long-term. This can have exponentially positive effects over time, as your healthy workplace culture will become richer and more profound. 

15. Provides Practical Learning Experiences

Everyone shows up at work with their unique strengths and skill sets. When everyone works together as a team, each individual has a chance to learn from their co-workers.

A Team Working Together

This situation is a gift that keeps on giving, as, over time, you'll find that your team can better deal with new problems and challenges.

16. Promotes Healthy Risk Taking

Risk is an important part of any business endeavor and is an inherent cost of innovation and opportunity. Working alone makes people more likely to keep up with safer methods and options.

A Team Discussing Risks

When they are a member of a larger team, though, they are typically more confident about taking smart risks that could benefit the organization. 

17. Boosts Morale

Employee morale is directly tied to job satisfaction, productivity, engagement, and retention. For these reasons, morale is likely a primary concern for any manager, leader, or business owner.

High Employee Morale

Having your employees work together is a great way to increase morale in the workplace. Employees tend to feel that they have something unique to offer, that they can contribute to a successful project, and that their work is valued when teamwork is viewed as a priority. This can improve just about every aspect of your business thanks to the increase in individual and collective morale.

18. Improves the Quality of Work

Teamwork doesn't just mean that more work gets done; it also means that the work that is getting done is of higher quality.

A Team at Work

With more heads in the game, your organization can produce better results faster.

19. Better Group Cohesion

When there isn't a unified sense of group cohesion in an organization, individuals are more likely to apply effort in ways that only benefit themselves rather than the business as a whole.

Unified Group Cohesion

When everyone is dedicated to working together, it can give employees a greater sense of purpose and connection with the larger group, ultimately benefiting everyone.

20. Shared Sense of Accomplishment

There's something so special about achieving a goal with a group of people.

Shared Sense of Accomplishment

Personal accomplishments are fantastic, but team wins offer the opportunity for camaraderie and celebration that, in turn, help create a happy, thriving, and positive company culture.

21. Less Managerial Interference

When you encourage a culture of teamwork in your office, it means that management and leadership can take a step back. Employees working in groups will monitor themselves in ways they wouldn't if they were working alone. 

Employees Working in Groups

That is a win-win for everyone– employees because they benefit from greater autonomy and managers who can redirect their energy towards other projects.

22. Healthy Competition

A great way to boost motivation in any organization is to create a sense of healthy competition.

Healthy Workplace Competition

Studies have found that competition can have substantial effects on attention and memory in addition to being a natural motivator due to the competitive nature of humans.

23. Stronger Working Relationships

Co-workers can remain distanced from one another for a long time in the workplace when everyone is focused on their respective duties. That is particularly true when you manage a remote team, as they don't have as many obvious opportunities to socialize or discuss work-related matters.

Strong Working Relationships

When your team works together to achieve a common goal, it helps create a sense of friendship and camaraderie linked with the highest levels of job satisfaction and morale.

24. Promotes a Sense of Ownership

When employees primarily work alone, it's easy for them to feel like an island disconnected from everything else happening in the company. They might be more inclined to simply go through the motions and do the bare minimum rather than connecting with the task at hand and the larger purpose it helps to fulfill.

A Team Sharing Responsibilities

A sense of ownership is an important puzzle piece when it comes to employee engagement and loyalty to a company. One way you can help encourage the sharing of responsibilities and a sense of ownership is by promoting teamwork in the workplace. When an employee has a sense of ownership in their position, they experience some freedom of autonomy while also being deeply committed to producing the best possible outcome, even if that means needing to step out of their role periodically.

25. Simplifies Conflict Resolution

If you implement a culture of teamwork in an office that has primarily been a place of solo work, you might find an increase in conflicts at first. After all, there is always the risk of conflict when multiple perspectives come together in one place.

Over time, though, the other benefits of teamwork, including improved communication and camaraderie, can mean that everyone is better equipped to resolve conflicts when they arise.

If your employees have primarily been working separately up until now, transitioning to a more team-oriented workplace can be difficult. However, you'll likely find many medium-term and long-term benefits in promoting a culture of teamwork within individual departments and the organization as a whole.

Team Resolving Conflicts

At HRDQ, we know just how essential teamwork is for the success of any company. For this reason, we have numerous assessments and products to help you and your team be the most effective team members you can be.

We offer several team-building exercises, such as Jungle Escape and the Mars Rover Challenge, and online assessments like What's My Team Member Style. The team-building exercises help everyone work together more effectively and can be used as a part of a larger training effort or as a standalone activity. What's My Team Member Style helps to identify the team member personality style for each of your employees while also developing the interpersonal skills necessary for effective teamwork.

If you're looking to assess and train your team, check out our Benchmarks of Team Excellence. This tool is excellent for management teams, departments, project teams, and self-directed work teams. If you want to help improve the spirit of teamwork in your organization, you've come to the right place!

Do you have any questions about teamwork or why it is essential in your organization? If so, please feel free to drop those questions down below, and we'll get a conversation going on the topic within a day or two! We make it a point to reply to every comment and question we receive, and we'll gladly assist you however we can!

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Bradford R. Glaser

Brad is President and CEO of HRDQ, a publisher of soft-skills learning solutions, and HRDQ-U, an online community for learning professionals hosting webinars, workshops, and podcasts. His 35+ years of experience in adult learning and development have fostered his passion for improving the performance of organizations, teams, and individuals.