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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.
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