By Susan M. Heathfield
Fostering teamwork is creating a work culture that values collaboration. In a teamwork environment, people understand and believe that thinking, planning, decisions, and actions are better when done cooperatively. People recognize, and even assimilate, the belief that ”none of us is as good as all of us.”(”High Five”)
It’s hard to find workplaces that exemplify teamwork. In the US, our institutions such as schools, our family structures, and our pastimes emphasize winning, being the best, and coming out on top.
Further, the way organizations structure their systems of reward and recognition, compensation, and promotions are the antithesis of teamwork. As long as employees are compensated and celebrated for their individual performance and contributions, you are failing to encourage teamwork.
Teamwork Can Become Your Organizational Norm
Want to find another way? In a mid-sized tech company, the sales department recognized that paying employees for their individual sales encouraged employees to focus only on their own clients. When the organization moved to a new commission system that divided a large portion of the commissions equally to each salesperson, teamwork increased dramatically. Employees went out of their way to make sure that all customers received the full attention of any available sales agent. Fortsätt läsa