Teamwork is necessary in today’s work environment. With many (dare I say, most) companies streamlining their workforce over the past decade, we’ve been left with fewer people responsible for producing more work, serving more clients and wearing more hats than ever before.
This reality leads to a necessity of working together and collaborating more than ever before.
But, instead of considering this a detriment, a bother or an inconvenience, what if we think of it as a bonus?
After all, human beings by nature gravitate to the group, the family, the team. Being part of a team and sharing rewards is rare in nature but key to humans. And some researchers believe that this is why mankind emerged as the planet’s dominant species.
Sharing knowledge, learning from each other and helping each other is what makes us strong. It makes the results of our efforts stronger, and it makes learning easier to acquire and implement.
So, back to the workplace. Here we are, all together, trying to get our jobs done and serve our clients. At the Vela office, teamwork is inherent in everything we do. The account manager requires the expertise of the event planner, the designers, the digital team, the accountant, the media planner and the writing team. And all of these groups need the skills of the account manager.
So how does our teamwork work? We have a “pitch in” mentality. We keep up with the agency’s projects and our co-workers’ schedules, and we jump in when needed. Everyone at Vela has worked clients’ events, helped with media planning, sourced logo items, worked on creative and written a few things.
Every project requires a different group of Vela employees to be the team for that initiative, based on what the client requires. And the teams are effective, efficient and even happy.
Good teamwork occurs when there is a shared or common goal to strive for, mutual trust and respect, and effective communication. A positive work atmosphere and a culture of support are necessary for successful teams.
Below are several tips for maintaining successful teams:
- Respect individuals and recognize their contributions. Invite input and suggestions. Ask questions and listen to the answers. Recognize and praise the work that is done.
- Encourage communication on an ongoing basis. The more each person knows about the others, the easier it is to be a part of the team.
- Encourage creativity and stretching beyond one’s usual responsibilities. Achieving success in something new is very rewarding to the individual and expands the capabilities of the team as a whole.
- Help to build relationships between the people in your company. Work to improve communication and trust.
- Define roles. Every project has a leader (and that person will change from project to project). Be sure everyone knows who is leading, so the project is completed properly and on time.
- Provide a pleasant place to work. Not just the facilities but the environment, the culture and the perks.
- Encourage happiness. We spend a lot of time at work. Make it a happy place. Find out what makes your team happy, and find a way to give that to them.
Studies show that teams will usually outperform individuals, especially in high-pressure situations or on projects where many different skill sets are needed. Those things describe nearly every project we tackle at Vela. Given that, it’s good to remember that when the energy, knowledge and skills of a group are combined, the team can accomplish anything.
What can the Vela team do for you? Check out our team, and give us a call.