Working Together for Common Goals
People have historically recognized that by working together they can accomplish more. This recognition is behind virtually all human civilizations, but often stops at the corporate level where oftentimes people scurry about pursuing their own objectives with only incidental concern for the corporate mission. Team collaboration seeks to bring the principles of teamwork under the organizational umbrella so that people can get achieve more through collaborative efforts. With each team member making unique contributions toward a common goal, they share together in the outcome. Here are just a few of the benefits team collaboration brings to the table.
By working together, people can create results that are greater than what can be achieved working independently. When the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, everyone wins. Among other things, team synergies can be manifested in reduced costs, increased capabilities, and more flexibility to adapt to changing requirements.
When discussing the benefits and challenges of team collaboration, innovation should be near the top of the list of benefits. Team collaboration offers multiple perspectives for innovation and problem solving. By leveraging these perspectives to validate ideas and propose solutions, problem solving is taken to the highest level. A person working alone cannot hope to recognize flaws in a procedure or causes of a problem, but team collaboration can often create more feasible solutions.
Stability and Education
Collaboration serves as a mechanism to transfer new knowledge effectively. Also, people working in groups will learn more and retain what they learn longer as team collaboration has proven in many environments. As teams work together, they share knowledge, offering each team member the opportunity to learn and grow. Because team members have intimate knowledge of the project as well as an increasing familiarity with each member’s role in it, the team becomes more stable. Unlike businesses that rely on individuals in a chain process, collaborating teams are insulated from the effects of the absence of a team member, meaning that the project can continue to move toward completion even when members are sick or on vacation.