Despite the fact that most of us proudly add teamwork as a skill on our CVs, the reality is that we hate teamwork ,as it’s basically always stressful.
It probably comes as no surprise to you that employers across all industries are interested in finding employees who have excellent teamwork skills. Teamwork has always been considered a plus for anyone who’s looking for a job and the reasons why are obvious. Employees who are good at teamwork can be efficient in a team, they can complement a team with their particular skill set and experience, and they can ensure a better outcome on any project they work on. Employees who are not able to play well with others, on the other hand, can cause chaos and prevent a team from achieving great results.
But, the problem is that most of us wholeheartedly hate the notion of teamwork. The reasons why we hate it so much might not always be obvious, but it’s important to figure out why you’re afraid of teamwork to make the most of this skill.
Most Employees Prefer Working on Their Own
When given the option most, if not all of us would rather work on our own than with our colleagues. The reason why is simple; working on your own not only means that you can work at your own pace, but it also means that you will be able to map out exactly how you need to tackle the task.
On the other hand, working with a team generally means that you’ll need to work on a plan with other people, your pace might not be in sync, and you might not be able to agree on how to divide the project you’re working on. But, the real problem lies in the fact that you can't trust other people to do the job the way you trust yourself. Not only can you not know if they’re going to stick to the pre-agreed timeframe, but you also can’t ensure the quality of their work.
Arguing With Colleagues Is Inevitable
Apart from not knowing how they’ll work, one of the biggest problems with working in a team is that you’re likely to end up fighting with your colleagues. This is especially true if your team is working on a project that’s demanding and stressful.
Not only is the fact that the project needs to be completed and handed-in before it’s deadline stressful, but the fact that you’re all trying to impress your boss can also be very stressful and cause problems between you and your fellow employees.
Teamwork Is Always Better
The reality is that no matter how much we dislike working with our colleagues, working with them can guarantee better results.
After all, working with other people on the same thing means that you’ll be able to collectively come up with ideas that you probably wouldn’t have thought of on your own. You’ll also be able to learn how other people think which can be useful to you in the future as you can use your new knowledge to become a better employee.
Although your colleagues might be annoying from time to time, remember that you need to work with them to achieve the best results.
And keep in mind that if you prove yourself an excellent team player, you’ll be proving to your boss that you have the people skills it takes to be promoted to a managerial position.
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