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Why Team Collaborations Increase Production Rather Than Detract

Why Team Collaborations Increase Production Rather Than Detract

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.” No one could have said it better than Henry Ford, one of America’s greatest entrepreneurs and biggest supporters of team collaborations in the workforce. Heck, we wouldn’t have seen the value of the assembly line if he hadn’t.

Team collaborations are more than just putting together cars one piece at a time. You can utilize group efforts to expand your sales force and brainstorm new directions for the company. By working as a team instead of in competition with your co-workers, your employer will profit and so will you. Here are a few reasons why you should utilize team efforts instead of taking on a task all by yourself.

Healthier Employee Relations

While a little competition in the office may be healthy, there’s always a chance it can go too far and bring down the whole operation. No one benefits from angry cubicle wars — least of all managers — and you can end up dreading your time at work if you know you’re surrounded by people who are working against each other.

Working with each other instead of against each other forces you to utilize everyone’s strengths for the greater good of the company. Like parts in a car, they all have important jobs and must work together in order to move forward. By emphasizing the importance of “we” instead of “me,” everyone feels useful and important.

Employees are proven to be more productive when they feel positive about their work environment, more so than if they were given benefits by their boss. When you appreciate your co-workers and see the results of your group’s efforts, you feel more positive about your job.

Faster Results

Some people work well under pressure, pulling miracles out of nowhere as they race against the clock before a deadline. Maybe it’s the adrenaline, the thrill of the final push toward the finish line that works so well for that type of worker.

While that may be an okay system for some people, it certainly doesn’t work for everyone. In fact, some employees may find themselves cracking under that kind of pressure. That kind of behavior can make work feel like a pretty negative place and thereby staunch productivity.

It’s just as important to get projects done more quickly, leaving more time to finish other projects that may have fallen by the wayside. When everyone is combining their resources or knowledge, pieces of the project can be brought together in a timely manner.

Even if you are collaborating with someone in a different office, today’s technology makes it easier than ever to connect quickly and efficiently. Then, by finishing a project earlier, the results can reach your customer base sooner, and happy customers are more likely to become repeat customers.

Better Brainstorming

Why Team Collaborations Increase Production Rather Than Detract
Why Team Collaborations Increase Production Rather Than Detract

Understanding your company’s progress and failures is a big part of knowing how to move the company forward. But even if you’re the owner of the company, it’s very possible you’re blind to shortcomings that may be very obvious to your own employees.

The same can be said anywhere in the chain of command, but the point is you can’t possibly know it all. That’s when it’s time to collaborate with others to get the big picture.

But even if you do work in a group to brainstorm for the next big project, how do you make sure everyone is on the same page? Poorly collaborated groups may account for almost a third of all failed projects in the workforce.

Your project doesn’t have to be a part of that statistic! By interacting with your group members through a system of feedback loops, transparency, and accountability, you’ll better optimize their productivity and the likelihood of their success.

More Money Saved

Something every employer loves to hear. With the other three points already laid out above, it’s not a hard stretch to understand how team collaborations lead to money saved:

  • Happier employees are less likely to leave
  • Customers see results sooner
  • Progressive brainstorming helps to move the company forward into a better position than it was in yesterday

Positive changes obviously mean profitability.

Whether you are paid hourly or are salaried, your time is precious and is something the company pays for. While a computer can run several intricate processes at once, big projects that demand your complete attention don’t usually leave room for other important tasks to be solved in the background of your brain.

So it’s clear then that if you are alone on a project, your company is choosing to risk the hours they’re paying you to include you either learning or searching for answers or resources you may need. Instead, a group effort could have easily divided that time by utilizing members’ specific expertise or dividing the tasks amongst the group.

Social Collaboration

Social media outlets are becoming more popular platforms for collaborative use within the office, and many of those platforms are free to use. The amount of all internet users who utilize social media for workplace communication jumped from just 8% in 2005 to 72% in 2013 — in less than 10 years.

Even though there are plenty of free platforms to choose from, some programs may be more effective and secure for your company’s needs. Even if there’s a cost involved, it’s important to also recognize that about 40% of millennials find social tools so critical to their work that they would be willing to pay out-of-pocket for them.

Embrace The Change — Together!

Even if your employer doesn’t utilize team collaboration, that doesn’t mean that it’s not an important way to go about completing your projects. Showing initiative in bringing a group together for the greater good of the company is a wonderful way to get noticed, even if you aren’t the project manager.

The end results will leave everyone happier — boss included — and your time will feel much more productive. Remember, Henry Ford grew an empire through the collaborative efforts of his employees. “Working together is a success,” Ford said, and success should be the goal for every company and employee.

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