Our focus lately has been mainly on project management and its multidimensional complexities that, if comprehended, can greatly improve your company’s overall performance.
The main concept behind project management though - the factor without which none of it would be possible - is, of course, the human factor.
Orchestrating a project is one thing; building a solid team that is up to the task and can cooperate with each other harmoniously, is another. Inside an organization, the majority of tasks cannot be completed by one person alone and a true leader understands that.
This is one of the reasons why teamwork is important in the workplace and in business success. In our “6 key leadership skills for running a small business” article, we mentioned that being a leader is about bringing your team members together to a creative environment in which they can unfold their individual potential.
Now that you have a clear picture of how to manage time and projects, we can discuss the concept of team management and the benefits of effective team working to the organisation.
But first things first; let’s illustrate the concept of teamwork in the workplace through a simple example.
Definition of team management
Team management is a term referring to a variety of activities which bring a team together to carry them out. Either this means completing projects or running day-to-day tasks, the team manager has to delegate activities to the right people equally, help in prioritizing them and discuss with them any problems that might arise during the process.
So, what does a good example of teams in the workplace look like in a real-life situation?
Helen is the team leader of the marketing department at a firm which consists of 6 employees that report to her in creating marketing campaigns for their clients. Helen’s first priority is to ensure that all 6 understand their responsibilities and are satisfied with them. She shares the workload to each equally, keeps an open mind to their ideas and gives them incentives so they can contribute more to the goals she sets.
Apart from her strictly professional role as part of the team, Helen makes sure no one feels left out and organizes after-work activities that promote team bonding.
All of this is part of a solid team management strategy that Helen has in place in order for the individuals to work together for the maximum output while avoiding conflicts.
The 5 main benefits of teamwork in an organisation
1. Effective team building
One of the positive effects of good team management is that it promotes teamwork building in the workplace. Having the right person, doing the right job according to their personality traits and educational background is quite important for the team as a whole.
When employees complement each other it is easier to avoid gaps in team members’ skill sets and communication.
By fully utilising the unique abilities of individual employees, the team manager is able to easily delegate projects to members of the team for maximum efficiency. Which leads, to timely project completion and customer satisfaction.
2. Productivity booster
The impact of teamwork on employee performance and organisational productivity is another major benefit. It is obvious that one brain cannot bring out the same results a strong team can. Both in terms of time and quality!
When each employee has clear responsibilities and deliverables, they are able to better focus on their tasks.
This is especially true when those responsibilities are closely related to their specialization and level of interest. Working in teams is a creative way of taking advantage of the member’s best qualities to the maximum.
Moreover, effective teamwork allows the members to cooperate with each other when they need help. So, even if individuals fall behind with deadlines, the rest of the team steps in to save the day.
One of the key components of successful projects is team management, after all!
3. Promotes learning
Another benefit of working together as a team in the workplace is the opportunity for everyone to learn and explore new perspectives. For example, new employees will surely gain knowledge from more experienced workers in the long run.
Moreover, when different people with various talents cooperate with each other, they get to exchange skills that they didn’t have beforehand.
Teamwork, unlike working alone on a project, allows the members to also discuss new ideas and challenge the old ones. This process, in turn, leads to coming up with solutions that are more efficient for a project’s smooth completion.
4. Employee satisfaction
One equally significant point towards understanding how important teamwork is, is increased employee satisfaction. When individuals come together to form a strong team, they also learn to rely on each other and thus, bond.
This bonding creates a positive ambience in the workplace which is essential for their productivity as well as their psychological well-being.
Good team management aims also at reducing the chances of unnecessary conflicts among team members. Improved employee relations is an actually pleasant “side effect” of a well-established sense of trust between them. It’s simple: Teamwork makes employees happier!
5. Increased performance
Inevitably we reach the conclusion that teamwork is a key driver for increased performance as well. An organization has to meet targets on time and without teamwork, this is extremely difficult to achieve. Individuals alone, cannot make decisions single-handedly or carry out tasks completely by themselves. It might seem counter-intuitive but individuals do thrive through a team.
It is believed that employees who work in a team have higher fulfilment and performance levels. So when each individual performs optimally, so does the organization as a whole!
At last, among the benefits of working with others in a team lies competition. However, not the negative kind of competition that tears teams apart but rather the healthy level of competion which pushes team members to become better and better over time!
The benefits of teams in business are immeasurable!
Introducing a good team management strategy to your business will immensely help everyone involved perform better, gain knowledge and deliver quality results!
In this article, we defined the concept of team management and explained the importance of effective teamwork in the workplace. Stay tuned as we are going to provide you with more useful tips on how to build effective teams, in the articles to come!