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What are the Benefits of Working In a Team?

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Posted 23 January 2015 by Chris FarmerChris Farmer

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What Are the Benefits of Working in a Team?

Would you like to know what the seven benefits of working in a team are?

  1. There is a benefit in having the capacity to do more work. More people can do more work.
  2. A benefit in having the added brain power. Two minds are better than one.
  3. A benefit in the fact that you can share the load: The division of labour.
  4. A benefit in the fact that you can specialise: Focus on what you do and become an expert.
  5. A benefit in the fact that you can delegate tasks.
  6. A benefit in the fact that you can share in the added motivation, enthusiasm, energy and optimism of other people.
  7. A benefit in the fact that, if your team is trying to do something worthy, like save the planet or make a new flavour of ice cream, then other people will come to your aid.

Let is say a few words about each:

1. There is a benefit in the capacity to do more work since; more people can do more work.

Obviously there is an advantage in numbers. To put it simply, two people can do more than one person. Ten people can do more work than two. So, there is an advantage straight away. When there are more people involved, there is more raw-muscle-power.

As the proverb says, "Many hands make light work".

2. A benefit in added brain power. Two minds are better than one.

Your brain has limited computing power. To figure your problem out you may need some help from additional brain power. You need to tap into the skills, knowledge and native ability of other people.

We all need the brains of other people, if we are to discover the best way to solve the problem.

3. A benefit in the fact that you can share the load: The division of labour.

The division of labour is a most important concept. "The division of labour" suggests that you should not try to be a "jack of all trades". Instead, you can focus on what you do, and you get really good at it. The division of labour suggests you should specialise.

4. A benefit in the fact that you can specialise: Focus on what you do and become an expert.

Teams allow for specialists to specialise. The team's final product is not from the efforts of one individual; it is the product of many specialists, working together as a team.

And often the final product is the product of teams-of-teams.

5. A benefit in the fact that you can delegate tasks.

Teams allow for delegation. If you have too much to do, you can delegate it rather than delay it. For instance, you probably don't do your own car maintenance. You don't do your own carpentry. You don't build your own house extension. You let other people do the things you don't want to do.

6. A benefit in the fact that you can share in the added motivation, enthusiasm, energy and optimism of other people.

If the team goal is shared, then the shared motivation, inspiration, enthusiasm and determination to achieve the goal are multiplied and each member feels its beneficial heat.

7. A benefit in the fact that, if your team is trying to do something worthy, like save the planet or make a new flavour of ice cream, other people will come to your aid.

If your team goal is moral, then you will probably gain the advantage of support from others, (banks, funding agencies, friends, customers and customers). You might come to feel like your suppliers are on your team too. And in a way, they are!

To be effective, your team needs to be one that contains people who work together cooperatively and efficiently and who have a shared goal and whose goal respects the rights of others.

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