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Teamwork Skills in the Workplace: Definition & Examples

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  • 0:56 What Is a Team?
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Instructor: Paul Mckinney

Paul has been in higher education for 17 years. He has a master's degree and is earning his PhD in Community College Leadership.

In today's modern corporate world, developing teamwork skills in the workplace has become a necessity. In order to survive such a competitive environment, companies need to promote a workplace that emphasizes teamwork.

Definition and Example of Teamwork

People in the workplace perform teamwork when workers combine their individual skills in pursuit of a goal. The goal is generally a product of the company's mission.

During the late 1990s, the Ford Motor Company built the Ford Taurus in its Atlanta, Georgia, assembly plant. It built the car on an assembly line using hundreds of workers. Each employee was referred to as a 'team member' because it was impossible for any one person to build the Taurus. It took a team of professionals, each with his or her own talents, to help the company achieve its goal of building a quality automobile that sold for a profit.

What Is a Team?

A widely understood and interesting concept in teamwork is:

  • T - Together
  • E - Everyone
  • A - Achieves
  • M - More

The concept of 'Together Everyone Achieves More' itself conveys the importance of teamwork at the workplace. Company leaders have recognized the benefit that comes from having employees work in formal teams.

Good Teamwork Skills in the Workplace

In today's business world, companies are taking well-planned steps to increase their productivity and profitability. For doing so, they depend on their employees. However, for employees to meet the targets and deliverables, it is necessary that they work in a team and make as much use of teamwork skills as possible. Below are some of the core skills needed for anyone to be part of a workplace team:

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