Importance of Teamwork and Collaboration at Work
When companies gloss over teamwork and intentional collaboration, they may be missing out on more effective ways to complete tasks and, consequently, more effective ways to deliver projects. Whether the missing component is disjointed tools of communication and data storage or a workplace environment that discourages employees from sharing their ideas, organizations can benefit from a collaborative work environment.
Leverage employees’ full repertoire of skills
Employees may join the company based on a specific skill or skill set related to their professional position, but many times, employees possess a breadth of skills that may be overlooked when collaborative work is underutilized.
For example, a team member from the Finance department may have insights into a problem that the Engineering Department is having, and the Engineering Department may follow an inefficient path forward because the company works in a traditional segmentation of departments. Without an open channel of communication and a workplace that fosters collaborative work, Employee A from Finances cannot share their knowledge with the Engineering Team.
An open, collaborative workplace allows different perspectives to pitch into problem-solving.
Combines diverse perspectives and roles to solve problems faster
In a similar vein, this diverse collection of skills allows a collaborative work-friendly organization to solve problems in less time than their traditional counterparts. The combined power of various skill sets and cultural backgrounds allows fresh, new ideas to come to the surface–ideas that may very well solve long-standing problems in the company.
Supports remote work conditions
Another benefit of collaborative work that may not be evident for brick-and-mortar companies that require work on-site is that it supports remote working or hybrid on-site and remote arrangements.
Collaborative work management accommodates remote teams and is not restricted by location, time zones, and other hurdles that plague traditional companies. With the right software, governance, and company culture, remote teams can thrive.
Emphasizes shared goals
When teams are segmented, it’s easy for individuals to lose sight of shared goals–whether that’s a set of company values or a specific business goal. In an organization that values collaborative work, shared goals become a core driving force of the business, motivating and driving every team member.
Special, customized tools that are tailored to a collaborative work environment also help reduce time wasted in not achieving shared goals–for instance, task-tracking tools and shared data systems that eliminate the need for extraneous communication.
New and better ways of communication
In an organization that values collaborative work, new and more effective methods of communication are necessary, and thus, a pleasant advantage over traditional companies. Collaborative software that incorporates videoconferencing, direct messaging, and file sharing provides employees plenty of opportunities to connect with other teams or departments.
Additionally, transparency regarding data and files not only builds trust and accountability, but makes it easy for employees to access the data they need when they need it without wasting time on requesting access, navigating disjointed data repositories, and learning various software. With an all-in-one collaborative software tool, time spent on non-value-added work is greatly reduced.
Creates a supportive, pro-team atmosphere
Collaborative work also highlights the need for a unified front. And that front rests on the stable and positive relationships between departments and other team members—this starts with a collaborative work environment.
Additionally, teamwork highlights the necessity for soft skills in projects that bring people of different backgrounds together. Beyond teamwork, soft skills include active listening (interpersonal), critical thinking, and effective time management.