Monday, 26 april 2021 | Redacción CEU
An employee who shows another colleague a trick that gives him good results, a middle manager who asks her team for feedback and listens to their proposals, a newly-hired worker who feels part of the company, a manager who knows everyone’s name and always stops to say hello… Spirit team at work can take many forms. It is not always visible to the naked eye, but it can be usually quickly identified. In contrast, its lack is evident and may seriously influence the achievement of company goals. How to prevent this from happening?
A few weeks ago, we mentioned in our blog the important change of focus that is taking place within companies. From a vision in which the minimum unit of work is calculated through the individual performance of each employee (people-centric approach), it is moving to a focus based on collective work (team-centric approach). Accordingly, organizations are increasingly focusing on the momentum of collaboration and teamwork and the creation and maintenance of cohesive teams.
In this new model, it is work as a whole, and not an individual performance, which is oriented towards certain objectives. This does not mean that, in turn, these objectives cannot be divided into smaller ones, which are distributed by teams or business units and focused on those main goals; companies are simply betting on a change of approach: now everyone is going to be involved in the same goal.
This idea connects with what Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, captured in this famous quote:
If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea
The work of each person counts. It does not count by itself, but it has an impact in the achievement of the ultimate goal set by the organization. In other words, although collaboration and cooperation were already important factors in the daily activity of companies, now they occupy a central role in their routine, since they are closely linked to the achievement of business goals.
Camaraderie at work
Comradeship is that ingredient that turns work into something more than an obligation or duty. It is also a factor that actually has an impact on values such as collaboration and cooperation within companies.
Its origin lies in the links established among people who work together in the same organization. Those labor relations that a priori may seem trivial greatly influence the work environment and the harmony that is generated within companies. In fact, within companies, camaraderie is linked to such relevant aspects as:
- the cohesion and coordination of teams
- talent retention
- reducing stress at work
- job satisfaction
- trust in the organization
- the alignment of objectives
- conflict resolution