We have all heard the saying Teamwork makes the Dreamwork, but have you actually asked yourself Why Teamwork and Collaboration are so important Right Here Right Now when it comes to your team?
Why Teamwork and Collaboration are so important Right Here Right Now (especially for Millennials) and How you can Develop Them?
Are millennials part of your workforce? Of course who hasn’t got millennials ! And for those of you who are not sure, it is generally agreed that millennials include both Gen Y (birth years 1981-1991) and Gen Z (birth years 1991-2001). The main difference is the technology specifics each grew up with. Gen Y cut their teeth on personal computers, mobile phones, and video game systems whereas Gen Z learned to walk with tablets, smart phones, and apps!
Who ARE these people?
The Millennial Legacy (ML) describes them as civic-oriented, compassionate, confident, diverse, politically engaged, progressive, technologically adept, well-educated. And, oh yes, TEAM ORIENTED. (You were wondering where the connection was, right?)
What do they want?
To keep these ‘asset to your business’, workers in your employ, you need to give them what they are looking for. Here are their Top Two Specifications:
The workplace as a social (and socially safe) environment
Millennials were reared on collectivity and are used to a greater degree of ‘staying in touch’ than previous generations. As ML explains, millennials prefer “unity and collaboration over division and competition” but stress that “social safety is key”. Makes sense considering the communication technology they grew up with.
An atmosphere of mutual respect and trust
This includes understanding, empathy, patience, openness, and the willingness to be accommodating. Millenials describe it in this way: “Fostering trust is the most important component of building a successful team.”, “…spend as much time understanding your co-workers as understanding the tasks required of you.”, and “Employees are there to support and learn from each other, not compete or cut one another down.“
So, how do you give them what they are looking for?
But seriously, collaborative working which is excellently organized and orchestrated matches all the requirements—and in a recent survey of millennials, 75 percent agree. They see teamwork as fostering an increase of all the good things, including happiness, creativity and positive social feelings. The result? Work which is of a higher quality, and employees who are more likely to remain loyal to your company and TEAM for longer.
Do only millennials want teamwork?
No, actually most employees, no matter from which generation they hail, see the value in collaborative working as long as it incorporates those Top Two Specs (above). So, teamwork is a win-win situation for the majority of tasks and workplaces.
And we create great teamwork by …?
A lot of hard and consistent effort to be honest.
The inclusion of team building activities as part of your team management strategy significantly reduces this aspect of your workload. Team building experiences have the ability to serve your teams’ specific needs, getting the messages across in effective (and FUN) ways.
Just to remind ourselves why we are going to all this effort, let’s pass the mic to Steve Jobs:
“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.”
Team Up Events specialises in developing team culture and improving employee engagement by positively contributing to the growth and prosperity of New Zealand workplace businesses though the delivery of world class Team Building experiences. For more information contact Team Up Events today.