Advantages and Disadvantages of Collaboration in the Workplace
Work environment for the 21th century is tougher and more team-oriented than before. This research will discuss the disadvantages and advantages of collaboration in the workplace. Team work is a requirement for employees in many companies; this is also called Collaboration. Collaboration is a way for a group of people to work with each other to get to an end goal. With collaboration you have advantages and disadvantages, but in the end you have a project that is unique and well thought out, with different ideas mixed together. Advantages of collaboration are as follows: Motivation, Coordination, Problem-solving, and Decision making. The Disadvantages of collaboration are as follows: workloads are not equal, unclear of the purpose, no communication, different backgrounds, and understanding of information. There is a great deal of advantages to using teams in a business setting. Teamwork inspires motivation, a higher level of coordination, better problem-solving methods, and an improved decision-making process. These advantages can produce excellent results for any project. Ask anyone who has ever played a team sport. They will tell you how much more motivated they were when they had a strong team working together toward a common goal. Teams help individuals interact on a personal level and feel more connected to the mission at hand. As they work together they build on each other’s strengths and help fill weaknesses. People need to have a way of connecting to and owning the process in order to truly succeed. In a team effort we can lean on each other and use our teammate’s experiences in order to reach our personal goals (Lee, 2001). As a team matures they start to learn what each person does well, and where a person needs some help. Knowing each member’s strengths lets us work on what we need to do, while we know that our team member has their portion taken care of. This builds a web of trust and collaboration that is lacking in most non-team oriented business models. If a person hits a mental block, he or she has help they can rely on. This cultivates a willingness to continue on, and promotes an individual to reach out for help faster than someone who may not know where to turn normally. When a person knows they are not alone they are less likely to be overwhelmed (Cross, Ehrlich, Dawson, & Helferich, 2008). A team effort focuses the efforts of many for a common goal. Many companies that utilize multiple contact points often have issues providing a unified solution. Teams may not have one point of contact, but the information is shared more freely and coordination is stronger, providing a more focused result. With a team you have many points of expertise focused to accomplish the coordinated goal. In a business model not team-oriented you still have each area of expertise but priorities get lost. Each area may feel as the key player and not share information causing a misaligned solution (Cross, Ehrlich, Dawson, & Helferich, 2008). By bringing all of these resources into one team, areas can be accessed simultaneously; balancing resources and making sure all aspects are viewed equally. Looking at the sports model, a team that has an overdeveloped offense may not have the resources to adequately develop the defense. When an unbalance like this is created, the team will most likely fall short of the goal. Coordinating all aspects of the problem is the only way to ensure that you provide the best solution to any given problem. Problem solving is a direct result of conflict resolution. Without conflict all possible solutions are simply not explored. All good problem-solving teams will have a healthy amount of conflict. This conflict usually comes from diversity. Individuals with different life experiences, different expertise, and different ways of thinking make better problem-solving teams. The key is to have a team that simply...
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