January 2020 – Team Collaboration

There have been countless sayings throughout the years about how ‘teamwork’ is essential in every aspect of life. Whether it is between spouses, colleagues, friends or even complete strangers – effective teamwork is a major factor in the growth and development of any business or personal relationship. Teamwork is also helpful in your own personal mental health growth and overall wellbeing.

Benefits of Good Team Collaboration:

  1. Improved Communication – One of the most important aspects of working as a team is communication. Working as a team puts you in a situation to be open, honest and responsive to your teammates in order to benefit the group as a whole, not just yourself. Being able to communicate how you feel can also improve your mental health, as this allows you to voice your concerns, fears or frustrations in a positive way.
  2. Boosted Creativity & Intelligence – Along with improving your communication skills, teamwork also can help you become more creative. Being able to brainstorm and collaborate in a team setting allows for you to see things from a different perspective. This allows for you to learn more skills and insights that can later help you in the future and make you a more well-rounded person.
  3. Gaining Trust – In a team environment, no one person is in charge of everything. You must trust your teammates to finish their responsibilities to accomplish the overall goal. Without that trust, conflicts can emerge leading to more issues and setbacks along the way. By trusting someone, you are showing confidence in them to complete their responsibilities both timely and correctly. This trust can help improve someone’s mental health as it can strengthen their confidence, giving them a higher sense of self-worth and a more positive outlook on life.
  4. Productive Conflict Resolution – No matter how much communication, collaboration or trust there is within a team, conflicts are bound to happen. When they do, it allows an opportunity for team members to productively communicate and resolve the issue at hand. By seeing all sides of the issue and working together can contribute to building a more successful team, whether at work or home.
  5. It Makes You Feel Good – Working in a team environment can also make you feel better. Teams can help promote a sense of belonging and purpose that can improve your mental health. It can also help you feel less stressed in having trust in your teammates to accomplish their tasks, which will allow you to be more focused on your tasks.

Successful teams can come in all shapes and sizes. The most successful teams share many of the same characteristics, such as:

  • The team leader is committed to working with a team approach.
  • Each member feels comfortable and is willing to contribute new ideas or suggest improvements.
  • Members have developed a mutual trust and are able to depend on each other.
  • The team and individuals are prepared to take risks to accomplish a goal, such as learning new skills or adapting to change.
  • Goals are clearly communicated.
  • Each member is clear on his/her role on the team.
  • Members examine errors and receive constructive feedback that helps them continue to grow and develop.

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