The Benefits of Teamwork for Employee Relationships

Group projects make for a productive company and also for better employees

2/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
The Benefits of Teamwork for Employee Relationships

In business, certain tasks can be accomplished solely through the work of individuals. For those projects that do require more than one person, organizing a group project not only benefits the success with which the project is completed but can also positively affect employee relationships.

How good employee relationships are shaped by teamwork

An article in the Houston Chronicle’s Small Business section by contributor Aaron Marquis highlights several benefits of teamwork for building strong and healthy employee relationships.

For one, teamwork encourages employees to look at a problem through a different point of view. Individually, each employee is limited to his or her own personal experience and knowledge in coming up with a solution; but together, co-workers can gain fresh perspectives from other team members’ differing point of view on how to solve a problem, and in so doing broaden their own knowledge and creativity.

This can be especially helpful when delegating tasks, as employees get to know one another for their strong suits. They will ultimately delegate responsibilities within the team project to the person who is most qualified to complete a particular task, allowing each person to be valued for his or her skills.
Marquis notes that communication is one of the first principles of effective teamwork. Without effective communication, employees can easily end up working in opposing directions, causing frustration and aggravation with one another and even the company. By sharing information with teammates, a team ensures the completion of a task while simultaneously being made to feel that they have contributed to that goal. Your employees will feel valued for their input and feel comfortable sharing ideas and solutions.

Cohesion and synergy within the workplace are also important by-products of teamwork for employee relationships. Whether through building trust in the process of completing task or by increasing chemistry between them, employees who work together are more often accepting and open to one another’s decisions and ideas.

When employees are willing to listen to one another, they not only have a chance to broaden their own skillsets, but they also can learn from one another and gain new knowledge. Effective group work may even help keep each employee motivated to continue their individual growth, as each employee supports the others to continually perform at their best potential for the good of the team.

Why fostering strong employee relationships through teamwork is important

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle’s Small Business section by contributor Kate McFarlin, there are many benefits for small-business owners who allow their employees to build trusting relationships with their coworkers:
  • Internal productivity and collaboration will increase. Team projects help employees get to know one another better as they work closely together for a common goal. As your team learns about one another, they will be more willing to collaborate and be more productive in accomplishing the task.
  • Your staff will be happy about coming to work each day. As your employees build better relationships with one another, office morale will typically increase, and your employees will actually look forward to coming to work each day. Because they enjoy spending time with their co-workers, your employees will have more fun working and bring about positivity in the workplace culture.
  • You will lose fewer employees.“When employees feel connected to a company, whether it is because they share the same vision as the company leaders or they feel as though their fellow co-workers have become like family, they will be much less likely to want to seek employment at another company,” says McFarlin.
  • Your bottom line will improve. Being allowed to foster friendships at the workplace makes for happy employees who are also more likely to want to work hard for their company, thus bringing results to help the business grow.
Because your full-time employees spend a majority of their day with their co-workers, it’s important that they be able to foster solid, positive work relationships. Encouraging employee interaction, as with a team project, is a great way to accomplish this.

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