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The Top Three Benefits of Teamwork

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“It is amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit”

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts;” “Two heads are better than one;” “No man is an island;” “All for one and one for all.”   Teamwork rules the roost and there are a million adages that support that claim, but what does teamwork in the workplace really do for you that you couldn’t do alone – possibly with greater, singular recognition?

What’s the real difference between working as part of a team and working solo?

A simple Google search surfaces links from experts writing about how teamwork can increase efficiency and improve performance. Some talk about improved morale, greater flexibility and how being a team player looks good on your resume.

Digital artist Shawna X, who was featured in the 2015 launch of Creative Cloud, says teaming up with people you relate to personally and in a creative sense helps everyone evolve.

Shawna was part of the team behind Nike’s “No Maybes” campaign for the US Women’s National Soccer Team. The strapline for the campaign, “Strong Alone. Unstoppable Together” speaks volumes about the value of teamwork.

Here are our top three reasons why working on a team can be more rewarding than working solo.

Teamwork can make you more creative and help you grow.

There’s no doubt that creativity is accelerated when team members with unique backgrounds and experience come together. Encouraging an almost “leave your stale ideas at the door” dynamic, collaboration creates an enthusiasm for learning that solitary work usually lacks.

In a high functioning team, where teammates support each other, the enthusiasm to collaborate and learn can mean taking more risks, ultimately resulting in greater personal rewards and a better final product or project. Added bonus: the new ideas and skills learned through positive team interaction will be a career boost.

Teamwork means you don’t need to be master of everything and it ensures you don’t get stuck in a rut.

When all pistons are firing, teams are open to the input of all members and allow individuals to play to their strengths, build on their talents, and encourage each other. Shawna X needs time alone to hone in on aesthetics, she believes teamwork makes the work better. She’s the first to tell you that working with people you admire and trust “keeps you fresh” and that “being creative means collaboration.” Her dream team would be made up of not just coworkers, but coworkers who are friends. Shawna wants to work with people who have different, complementary skills – no need to be a “Jill-of-all-trades.” A good team will be able to travel to clients’ offices, riffing on new ideas in the client’s work space to keep it interesting and to avoid getting stuck in routine.

Teamwork promotes ownership.

Working as part of a team to overcome obstacles and deliver important work is not only fulfilling, it allows people to feel like they’re helping the group achieve its goals. Employees who feel a connection with the company and their coworkers are more likely to experience that often-elusive thing called “job satisfaction.”. New (and sometimes outstanding) ideas can emerge from differing points of view and there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of sharing the feeling of a job well done with a team that believes their contributions are recognized and valued.

Looking for the right tools to creatively collaborate better? Check out Creative Cloud for teams.

Source: Adobe Creative Cloud Team


Let’s Clear the ‘Paper Jam’

We’re guessing you’ve never said, “I love creating contracts,” or “I’m excited to get going on my expense report.” We all hate the inconvenience, clutter, drudgery and anxiety of working with, storing, organizing and transacting anything to do with documents. It’s paperwork … a necessary evil.

Today we released new research that explores the depths of document dysfunction and why people tolerate backwards ways of communicating in their personal and professional lives. Dubbed “The Paper Jam: Why Documents Are Dragging Us Down,” the report features insights from more than 5,000 office workers across the U.S., U.K., Germany, France and Australia. Here are some of the top findings:

  • Workers are fed up! An overwhelming majority (83%) feel their success and ability to be productive at work are slowed down by outdated ways of working with documents, and 61% of professionals (69% in the US) would change jobs solely for the sake of dramatically less paperwork.
  • Real work is suffering because of document tasks. The research findings show that steps associated with document-related tasks are more than a source of frustration: they’re a bottleneck to getting real work done. Fifty-five percent of office workers (61% in US) feel mundane and inefficient processes distract them from more important tasks, and 49% of professionals (56% in US) believe these inefficiencies stop them from doing their best work
  • Documents are behind the times. Respondents say that accessing important information from anywhere is a priority, whether for work (65%) or personal use (60%). However, people report only 6% of their documents are stored in the cloud. Moreover, respondents say that 64% of their photos are digital and the majority of music is digital (57%), but only 41% of their documents are available and accessible in digital format.
  • Despite it all, we rely on documents and paper. People report feeling uncomfortable with the idea of having digital-only copies of important personal (55%) and work (40%) documents and 50% of respondents believe they will still be reliant on paper at work five years from now.

The Modern Workforce, Part III: A Changing Culture of Work

Gigaom Research and Adobe continue to explore how IT is supporting the needs of the modern workforce.

Author Stowe Boyd of Gigaom Research has continued his analysis of the results of two global surveys, sponsored by Adobe and executed by Gigaom Research: one survey  studied the vanguard of the modern workforce (workers ages 18 to 34) and the other surveyed IT decision-makers.

In this final installment (3rd of 3) of our recent series on workforce research, Boyd highlights the changing nature of work and the shift to a more mobile workforce. He delves into how mobile affects work-life balance with the shift toward an always-on, work-anywhere culture. The report also addresses the way this new workforce communicates, showing a new level of interaction and collaboration among partners and customers.



The Modern Workforce: New Tools Changing IT’s Role

Gigaom Research looks at how new technologies in today’s workplace are changing IT’s role


We are proud to present this latest report from Gigaom Research on The Modern Workforce.  This report is the second in a series of three that analyzes two global surveys of both young workers (ages 18-34) and the IT professionals and decision-makers who support them. (See the first in the series here.)

Gigaom Research’s objective is to help tech decision-makers better understand their evolving workforces, so that those decision-makers can do what all great IT pros strive to do: align people, technologies and business objectives.

This report, sponsored by Adobe Document Services and authored by Stowe Boyd, Gigaom’s lead analyst on the future of work, helps IT executives and buyers understand:

  • what the modern workforce thinks it needs to succeed in a rapidly changing world of mobile-first communications and new work-collaboration technologies;
  • how IT is supporting those needs and overall corporate objectives;
  • and if there are gaps between worker expectations and IT requirements and how technology buyers can address them.