Individuals possess diverse talents, weaknesses, communication skills, strengths, and habits. Therefore, when a teamwork environment is not encouraged this can pose many challenges towards achieving the overall objectives and goals. This creates an environment where employees become focused on promoting their own achievements and competing against their fellow colleagues. Ultimately, this can lead to an unhealthy and inefficient working environment.
Steve Jobs changed the whole pattern of living with his innovative and creative mind. However, without his team of hard-working professionals and their abilities, his innovations would not have reached the hands of so many people around the world. Successful companies put too much focus on building cohesive teamwork full of synergy and collaboration. When companies succeed to build that team they will realize instant boost in team’s productivity and overall performance. When teamwork is working the whole team would be motivated and working toward the same goal in harmony.
There are many pitfalls that teams face as they seek to “grow together”. Patrick Lencioni bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team – explores the fundamental causes of organizational politics and team failure. It describes team behavioral tendencies that he says corrupt teams (absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results).
We see this in business all the time, small, to medium enterprises and big organizations, even Governmental and Nonprofit organizations, the toxic team members, the bossy manger and dominating abusers add to the agony of the team, creating negative feelings of disengagement, team of time servers who will leave few minutes before close of business.
How stressful this can be, and even with the highest pay and compensation this cannot compensate the mental health and feeling of engagement and belongings of human to each other’s.
*1 SAN FRANCISCO — April 2017, Joseph Thomas, a 33-year-old self-taught African-American computer engineer, turned down a job at Apple in order to work for Uber. Five months later, he had killed himself, leaving a trail of questions about whether the company’s fierce work culture was to blame.
Thomas had left his previous employer LinkedIn, lured by a great salary, Uber’s reputation for smart engineers, and the potential for future wealth. The $170,000-a-year job already allowed for the purchase of a “dream house” for his childhood sweetheart and wife, Zecole, and the couple’s two young boys.
In August, Zecole found Thomas dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The tragic outcome, first reported in the San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday, has led to a lawsuit: His widow contends Uber’s intense work culture was at fault.
“Uber’s culture was different,” Zecole Thomas told USA TODAY. “Here was a man who was very good at what he did, who took care of his family. But within months, he started to tell me that he ruined our life. That he was broken.”
When her husband Joe started to grow despondent, Zecole joined him in a visit to a therapist. Leaving Uber was suggested, but Thomas replied, “’I cannot do it, I cannot think,’ she says. “Joe was shutting down.”
That beaten-down feeling has echoes in the February blog post of ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler, whose detailed account of her year at the company described the ride-hailing start-up run by CEO Travis Kalanick as a toxic and sexist workplace.
Fowler’s claims, compounded by a video of Kalanick berating a driver and reports of questionable business practices designed to deceive regulators, rivals and drivers, have plunged Uber into a full-blown leadership crisis. Kalanick is now searching for a chief operating officer, and the company says that next month it will release the results of an internal investigation led by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder.
In a statement, Uber said, “no family should go through the unspeakable heartbreak the Thomas family has experienced.” It has referred the matter over whether Thomas had filed any complaints to Uber human resources to Holder and his team.
In any Army; From the time you join, or even before you go to boot camp, your recruiter will constantly be emphasizing the importance of teamwork.
Teamwork is one of the most important parts of any branch of military, any unit, or any combat arms.
When you arrive at boot camp, the cadre immediately start yelling, “you better start working together as a team or you will all fail.” You then realize how true this is because many people can’t handle the constant yelling and screaming and they pretty much freeze up and freak out.
I have literally seen people who knew what to do and how to do it; however, when they’re being yelled at they just stand there, usually shaking, and they can’t even complete a simple task such as folding their shirt right. This is where being a team can help those struggling individuals.
As the old saying goes, “There is no ‘i’ in team.” The sooner you realize this, the easier and more fun it will be.
That’s why in Army special operations training they have what is called peer-outs. This is used to get rid of the people who are focused on being individuals and not being part of a team. These are the ones we call “Rambos”.
What Does Teamwork Mean?
According to BusinessDictionary.com, teamwork is “The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. … Teamwork means that people will try to cooperate, using their individual skills and providing constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict between individuals.
Teamwork isn’t just about helping carry somebody’s ruck during a ruck march, or about bringing somebody chow on bed rest. It’s about coming together and making decisions based on knowledge and experience. Teamwork is about standing weapon to weapon and being ready to die for the man staining beside me, because he is ready to do the same for me.
Motivating unity in the workplace
A teamwork environment promotes an atmosphere that fosters friendship and loyalty. These close-knit relationships motivate employees in parallel and align them to work harder, cooperate and be supportive of one another.
Differing perspectives and feedback
Good teamwork structures provide your organization with a diversity of thought, creativity, perspectives, opportunities, and problem-solving approaches. A proper team environment allows individuals to brainstorm collectively, which in turn increases their success to problem solve and arrive at solutions more efficiently and effectively.
Effective teams also allow the initiative to innovate, in turn creating a competitive edge to accomplish goals and objectives. Sharing differing opinions and experiences strengthens accountability and can help make effective decisions faster, than when done alone.
Improved efficiency and productivity
When incorporating teamwork strategies, you become more efficient and productive. This is because it allows the workload to be shared, reducing the pressure on individuals, and ensure tasks are completed within a set time frame. It also allows goals to be more attainable, enhances the optimization of performance, improves job satisfaction and increases work pace.
Promoting workplace synergy
Mutual support shared goals, cooperation and encouragement provide workplace synergy. With this, team members are able to feel a greater sense of accomplishment, are collectively responsible for outcomes achieved and feed individuals with the incentive to perform at higher levels.
Collaboration within a group can help solve difficult problems. Brainstorming is a good opportunity for the team to exchange ideas and come up with creative ways of doing things. By working together, teams can find the solutions that work best to achieve business goals.
When team members are aware of their own responsibilities and roles, as well as the significance of their output being relied upon by the rest of their team, team members will be driven to share the same vision, values, and goals. The result creates a workplace environment based on fellowship, trust, support, respect, and cooperation. Without the ability to effectively work in a team environment, you could delay the success of developing, formulating and implementing new and innovative ideas. The ability to problem solve is reduced, as well as the attainment of meeting goals and objectives, in turn, limiting the efficiency and effectiveness of growing a successful company is hindered.
Ultimately, when a group of individuals works together, compared to one person working alone, they promote a more efficient work output and are able to complete tasks faster due to many minds intertwined on the same goals and objectives of the business.
Pinnacle with collaboration with Optimistic Spark offers the right design to teambuilding activities and programs to overcome the different team dysfunctions. We have solutions to increase team bonding and building trust, social intelligence and mastering conflict, team commitment towards one objective, embracing accountability and self-leadership focusing on results with ultimate resources allocations.
Pinnacle® is a multi-country consultancy firm. Our consultants are spread around the world. We have built our organization on modern business model with agility, diversity, and resilience to the business dynamics. We have chosen our technology platform to support our modern mindset thus we work from anywhere …. As work is not a place anymore. We implement Lean Six Sigma in everything we do whether internally or externally at our client sites.
Optimistic Spark – A global positive psychology training solutions company. Based in New York with distribution offices around the globe. We empower companies to increase employee engagement and enable teams to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, through increasing individual well-being, team engagement, and corporate performance.
*1 Source USA Today 2017 Marco della Cava
Article is written by:
Author, Optimistic Spark CEO – Yasser