Any prosperous business owner has at least one amazing team backing them up. Although, in theory, a project can be delegated entirely to a group of individuals who needs only to finish their part of the work, this will not cut it for most projects. If employees do things of their own accord, without any communication or consultation, the end result will be useless: a jigsaw with perfect pieces that don’t fit together.
In order to create a seamless solution for your customers, you need to have a group of people who will deliver them. Naturally, the creative process is far from neat, but the result that is born out of attempts, failures, and perseverance needs to be spotless. If you are still not convinced and believe that the best policy is for everyone to go at it alone, here are five reasons which will hopefully change your perspective on teamwork.
A brainstorming session among five individuals is much more productive than one person doing it alone. If only one person is making a decision, it will be difficult to see more than one perspective of the task at hand. So, get your team in a room, give them some coffee and observe their creativity flow.
One person will suggest the safest solution, the second one will present the riskiest idea, and then all together will see if any of the two is the optimal solution, or if they need something in the middle. If you wish to motivate innovation, don’t disturb them, even if this exchange process takes a bit longer than expected. A strong team will find the most practical and comprehensive solution to present to you.
Having a team means having people with different personalities and skills put together in a group and forced to collaborate. But if you look at it from another perspective, you will see that those differences are what makes the team tick. Different personalities at work mean that there is a constant flow of activity caused by the fact that they will challenge, complement and push each other when necessary.
However, in order to gather that dream team crew, you will have to expand your search and include all races, sexes, without any discrimination. For example, working with people with disabilities has numerous advantages – you get diligent and skilled employees who respect the deadlines and usually take fewer days off, and in return, you only need to adjust the workplace a bit. Talented people are everywhere, so if you want the best, you will need to have an open mind.
Learning from Each Other
A medley will, besides different personalities, contain different skill sets, so why not take advantage of that? Some team members will be more experienced, but perhaps less in tune with the latest technological advancements. Others will possess less knowledge about particular tasks but will master new software in a blink of an eye.
A successful team will have both types of members because both are necessary for it to function smoothly and efficiently. Showing each other tips and tricks and organizing webinars to share their knowledge is essential for their individual growth, as well as the team. Consequently, if a team advances, the business will thrive as well.
Think about it – if the workload intended for 2 people falls upon one person, your business will face backlog and not to mention the increased stress levels that the employee in question might experience. These kinds of things are what make people leave in search of a less stressful working environment, no matter the paycheck.
So, if you distribute the tasks among team members, you will not only have everything done on time, but the quality of work will be significantly better, considering that there is less tension. Also, if the deadline is near, they will create their own support system, so that if one person is distressed, there will always be someone who will cheer the team on until they finish everything.
Spreading Positive Vibes
Work can be demanding, tasks exhausting and energy scarce. A typical Tuesday at the office usually means people slumped over their chairs, or anxiously jerking their knees up and down. This is what happens when there is a lot of work to be done and little or no support among colleagues.
As opposed to that dreary atmosphere, a team of people working closely together is almost never quiet. When one is ill, the other one is there to cover them. And when they reach a solution or finish a project on time, the positive energy that a harmonious group of people can relay is bound to spread contagiously to other teams or individuals. As a business owner, you shouldn’t skip organizing team buildings since they are a vital step in connecting different employees in the workplace and making them happy.
Teamwork is so much more than people sitting in the same office – we’ve all heard of large successful companies that have employees who work remotely as a part of a great team. It is a concoction of personalities, skills, knowledge which can, if mixed right, produce the most wondrous of solutions.
Your business’ growth depends on a harmonious crew working together for its benefit. This crew needs to be there for each other, to support, guide and challenge until they work out the optimal idea. In return, you have to be ready to offer your hand without discrimination to all groups, if you wish to have the best talent around.