The Advantages of Workplace Collaboration

Collaborating at work can ease your workload.

Collaborating at work can ease your workload.

Forget about the egomaniacs, coworkers green with envy or the people who are just plain lazy. Of course, you will encounter these types at work, but you will also meet people who will amaze you with their creativity, astuteness and intelligence. When a project calls for group collaboration, you expand your skills set by default. With good teamwork, you may be able to leave the office on time for a change. After all, two heads are better than one.

Access to Skills

You may be the worst negotiator on the planet, but someone on your team may have impressive sales skills. Your coworker may only know one language, but because of your overseas experience, you know Spanish and Japanese. The more people who you collaborate with, the more skills you're adding to your team.

Quicker Thinking Pace

While thinking on your own can spark brilliance, thinking with a group can allow you to be more daring and outspoken. There's no time for second guessing when you're working in a group. With encouraging team members and a healthy competitive environment, you might feel free to jump in and think outside of the box. You will think quicker because everyone else is trying to keep up with one another. Because everyone has a different background, you can utilize their skills and experience to come up with fresh solutions and ideas.

On the Same Page

Working together in a team allows you to think about someone other than yourself. In addition to your own goals, you care about strengthening the team and completing what you set out to do. By doing so, you learn to get along with others, while thinking critically. If you weren't on the same page before, the team's common goal of success unites you and your coworkers.

Sticking Around

Division in the workplace encourages employees to jump ship. However, teamwork builds communication. When you win together, you win big. Workplaces that focus on building a collaborative environment have more employees that stick around in the long run. Employees are more likely to stay at job longer when they feel comfortable, appreciated and a part of something important.

 

About the Author

Cooper Veeris holds a bachelor's degree in English from Fordham University and lives in New York City. In addition to contributing regularly to various websites as a writer, she has experience teaching different populations and age groups including early childhood, junior high and high school students, and adults living with mental illnesses.

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