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Teamwork is an important concept.  It is important to define teamwork.  What is teamwork?   Below is one definition of teamwork:

Teamwork Definition

    
Teamwork is working collectively on a task in an efficient and harmonious manner.

Elements of Teamwork

        
The above definition suggests that two essential elements of teamwork are efficiency and harmony.  Good examples of teamwork may include both of these elements of teamwork.
         If people are working on a task collectively but not in an efficient manner then it may not be teamwork.   In order to be efficient, it would be important that (a) every person make a significant effort, and (b) each person is assigned work that best reflects his or her abilities. 
        Moreover, if people are working on a task collectively but there is significant conflict it may not be teamwork.  In order to achieve harmony, it is important that (a) team members have a good understanding of how the work of other team members contributes to achieving the goal, (b) there is sufficient communication while achieving the task, and (c) each member of the team is assigned work that does not conflict with the work of other team members. 

I
mportance of Teamwork

        
It is important to gain an understanding of the importance of teamwork.  There may be a number of benefits of teamwork.  First, teamwork may foster empathy for others.  Second, teamwork may allow more goals to be achieved.  Third, some goals may be achieved more effectively or efficiently with teamwork.  Fourth, teamwork may lead to more friendships.  Fifth, teamwork could increase how happy people are with their work.

Team Building Activities for the Workplace

       
Team building ideas or strategies are important.  In order to foster teamwork in the workplace, it may be necessary for an organization to have company team building activities.  These activities may foster effective teamwork skills.
        Teamwork stories may be beneficial.  The teamwork stories may provide examples of teamwork challenges and successful teamwork.  The stories may help in improving teamwork communication by providing examples of effective communication.  Also, the stories may provide examples of how leadership and teamwork are related.
        Empathy training may be beneficial.  It may be one of the best team building activities.  Teamwork may require mutual understanding.  Thus, empathy training may help to increase teamwork.  Members of a group could have training that involves gaining a better understanding of (a) how other members of the group perceive and evaluate situations, (b) the problem solving styles of other members, and (c) and the values and beliefs of other members.