Encouraging Employee Growth and Creativity
As is frequently stated in permanent labor certification ads, teamwork is essential for managers looking to train the best team possible for their industry. When people work on a project together in a team, their creativity levels often spike up. This is because, while communicating with others, employees are more likely to speak their relevant thoughts regarding the project, leading to conversations on those thoughts that might lead to tangible solutions. When working alone, those ideas are largely left unspoken (other than into a tape recorder), meaning every idea risks being lost forever. Additionally, when co-workers combine to form a group, that group is the amalgamation of each of their unique experiences and perspectives, which is a formula that promises great results for managers.
Building Trust Among Co-workers
When individuals are made to work in a team alongside each other, they normally tend to develop a strong bond and sense of trust with their co-workers. Of course, occasional disagreements will inevitably arise, but part of working in a team is the ability to solve these disputes as they occur, without leaving anything unspoken. When the members of a team are not bonded by a sense of trust, the team will inevitably crumble. When employees work together in a trusting team, they are collectively working toward the greater goal of their company while developing themselves as individuals.
A Wider Sense of Ownership
When employees are made to work on a project alone, it can sometimes feel as though they are a small part of a huge void, and they might get the impression that they’re not making a significant contribution to the company. However, when employees work alongside each other, they see plainly that they are working among people who are just like them, with the same insecurities. More importantly, since team work progresses so much more quickly than solo work due to the additional moving parts, employees can see their contribution to the company unfold before their very eyes as the team project begins to pick up steam.
Encouraging Mindful Risk Taking
Employees who handle projects by themselves are less likely to take potentially beneficial risks, since any failure in the endeavor would be a surefire indication of their own shortcomings. However, when working in a team, the responsibility of all small failures falls on the team as a whole, minimizing the risk of individual blame. Having a group of people to fall back on if the worst case occurs is a great motivator for employees to experiment with new ideas that can potentially benefit themselves, the team, and the company as a whole. There is no “I” in team, after all, and therefore no one to blame if things go wrong.