The value of teamwork


None of us is as smart as all of us.

Way back in the 1920s the Hawthorne Studies, conducted by Elton Mayo, highlighted the importance of groups in affecting the behaviour of individuals at work. Fast forward to today and workplace design has evolved from solo workspaces and closed offices to open layouts that encourage teamwork and collaboration.


Working in teams and ensuring our people have a sense of belonging makes individuals more effective.


Research (see Abraham Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation) has shown that teams of people that are carefully chosen and supervised will encourage collaborative, creative and more effective work. Today, businesses face the challenge of encouraging teamwork in a hybrid working environment, with individuals regularly working from home. Effective communication lies at the heart of successful remote teamwork. Businesses should invest in robust communication platforms that facilitate seamless interaction among team members.


Utilising video conferencing, messaging apps, and collaborative tools not only ensures efficient information exchange but also fosters a sense of connection among remote team members. Setting clear expectations is paramount when working as a hybrid team. Establishing transparent guidelines regarding roles, responsibilities, and project timelines helps team members understand their individual contributions to collective goals. Clarity minimises misunderstandings, mitigates conflicts, and creates a foundation for cohesive teamwork.


Teamwork is a cornerstone of organisational success, adding significant value to businesses in various ways. Collaborative efforts leverage the diverse skills and perspectives of team members, fostering innovation and problem-solving. When individuals with different expertise collaborate, they bring a range of insights to the table, leading to more comprehensive and creative solutions. While remote work introduces challenges to traditional teamwork, businesses can leverage technology and strategic approaches to foster collaboration.