You probably already have an idea of what teamwork is in your mind. We define teamwork as a combined effort on the part of a group of people, working together to achieve the same goal. Many people think of sports when they think about teamwork. The truth is that teamwork is just as important in the workplace as it is on any sports field. Every company or organization has goals. Achieving these goals depends on each individual employee doing their part for the rest of the team.
Vision, Trust, Communication
Teamwork is built on vision, trust, and communication. All successful teams share a vision for the team. This includes the team’s purpose and how the team will reach its goals? All team members must understand the goals and the tasks necessary to achieve these goals. Team members need to be able to trust one another. Trust requires the team members to be able to rely on one another to do their part. Communication also plays a key role. Effective communication is what allows the pillars of vision and trust to succeed in the teamwork process. Good communication allows teammates to achieve more together than they could ever have achieved separately.
Why Teamwork is Important
When a team reaches this high level of performance, the true benefit of teamwork has been accomplished. Organizations that work well and reach their goals are able to get individuals to work together as an effective team. Being able to work well in a team is a key part of being ready for the workplace. This is why we are writing this blog series. You need to know how to get your program participants ready to work as a member of a team.
This series on teamwork will take a more detailed look at vision, trust, and communication by looking at the following skill areas:
1. Respecting Others
2. Active Listening
3. Demonstrating Reliability
6. Solving Problems
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