What is the importance of working “with” people as apposed to working alone or in opposition with fellow co-workers? This seems like a rudimentary concept that intuitively, should always be the rule and not the exception – right? Unfortunately, as you may well know, it occurs far too often and it can be the difference between working in a healthy vs. unhealthy work environment.
I believe it’s appropriate that this reminder be addressed at the height of the political season we are all in. Wherever you turn, the main discussions are all political based. A politician speaks, the media causes a frenzy, and discussions are generated across all mediums – and throughout the work place.
These discussions happen far too often in the work place and can have a detrimental effect on cultivating a synergistic work environment. Being political and undermining other co-workers can suppress creativity, ingenuity, confidence, and the willingness to raise the hand on ideas. When idealistic beliefs clash between co-workers, there is friction in the work place which has negative effects on team work – people find it difficult to work with others who do not share their beliefs.
What this creates is a group of talented and hungry employees who instead of working together for a common goal, isolate themselves on an island to prove themselves as an individual rather than as a team. These employees may also fear that their hard-work and innovative ideas will be credited to a team effort as apposed to individual which could limit their willingness to share ideas. This is becoming a large issue as millennials, whom grown up sharing their ideas and beliefs via social media, are consistently individualizing themselves and identifying with people who share similar ideas and beliefs. All of this works against the idea of teamwork and more often then not, creates a work environment of employees saying, “look what I’ve done” as apposed to “look what we’ve done” and giving credit to others for the betterment of the team and business.
The mistake that many workers make is the idea that individualizing yourself will help them succeed long-term. Whereas they might see their short term goals reached by advancing up in the company at the expense of their co-workers, their long-term success is diminished with the lack of team work. Quality team work is a cornerstone to having a successful company and as individuals increase their roles – their responsibilities increase as well. As their job becomes more significant, the risks increase dramatically and team work becomes even more important because no one person has the answer to every problem and any problem can be solved when great minds come together with a collective goal.
What is important to remember is that no individual is greater than the company and maintaining a work place environment that cultivates team work is vital to a businesses success. Keeping political and ideological beliefs out of the work place helps make sure employees do not isolate themselves from others which again promotes team work. As the expression goes, “many hands make for light work,” and this concept breeds team work, improves efficiency and learning how to approach a task or challenge in a different light, and also promotes the viewing of different perspectives; enhancing communication among co-workers.
Too often people become overly concerned about “being right” as apposed to “getting it right.” When you find yourself gravitating to an island that’s uninhabited by like-mindedness for the betterment of good, turn the boat around and paddle to the mainland – load the boat with willing and able co-workers who operate off the premise that “”there is no “I” in team.””
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- On August 11, 2016
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