Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~Vince Lombardi

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.  ~Henry Ford

Teamwork is commonly thought of as working as a group or team towards a common goal.  This concept is not unusual.  We see it in many facets of our lives from sports to family to business. Although in a business setting, accounting techniques are often used to measure the benefits of teamwork which are useful for justifying the concept.

In healthcare, teamwork is often defined as a dynamic process involving two or more healthcare professionals with complementary backgrounds and skills, sharing common health goals and exercising concerted physical and mental effort in assessing, planning, or evaluating patient care. 

Teamwork is increasingly becoming the preferred policy for healthcare professionals to assure the desired level of quality and safety in the delivery of services is attained.

Building a Teamwork Culture

To foster teamwork in an organization is to create a work culture that values collaboration by sharing ideas and working together. In an environment that encourages teamwork, people understand and believe that the thinking  and planning of decisions and actions are better when done as a group rather than as individuals. People in this environment recognize the idea that many working together is greater than only one.

Workplaces that exemplify teamwork is more difficult to find than you might think. Most institutions in the United States, such as schools, family structures and our pastimes emphasize winning, being the best, and coming out on top. Workers are rarely raised in environments that emphasize true teamwork and collaboration.

Many organizations have begun the shift to placing a higher value on diverse people, ideas, backgrounds, and experiences, but we have a long way to go before valuing teams and teamwork will be the expected norm.  Creating a teamwork culture can still be done by doing just a few things right. Although it may not be an easy adjustment, an overall sense of teamwork can create a new level of commitment and appreciation for the value you can create in your organization.

Build a strong teamwork culture in your workplace with these suggested activities and tips:

Increase productivity in your organization by creating a strong sense of teamwork starting today!


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