“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