What does good team collaboration look like?
Look at any job description and you’ll likely find that teamwork and collaboration are emphasized across the page. They’re overused so much that their true meanings have dissipated. As long as there’s inclusion across departments, then it means we’re all working towards the established business objectives and we’re good to go.
In order to implement a positive culture and environment in the workplace, it’s important to define these two words and understand how they differ.
The true definition of collaboration comes from the word collaborate, which means to work together on a shared project or goal to help develop each other’s ideas.
Whereas teamwork is a more individualistic definition that focuses on the exclusive work of each person that has been accomplished to achieve a common goal.
Let’s take a company selling an ERP as an example. When a deal closes it’s thanks to the teamwork of each person from marketing to sales. While, on the other hand, once the contract is signed and is passed along to the professional services department, it’s the collaboration between developers, consultants, and project managers working together on the collective goal of satisfying the needs of the client.