Is team work more successful than individual work?

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dbello eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The value of the collaborative effort (teamwork) in business has gained significant popularity in the recent past.  Many corporations invest thousands of dollars each year seeking answers on how to increase productivity in order to increase profits.  The research suggests that if everyone concerned understands the mindset behind collaborative teamwork it can be extremely successful, however if the concept is not properly executed by those who administer the effort will ultimately be undermined. Collaborative teamwork can only be successful if the goals are understood by the group, allowing  those the empowerment necessary to meet their challenges together and through a mutual consensus between all the stakeholders involved.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Overall, I would say that team work is probably more successful than individual work.  However, I think that much of this is based off of the manager or supervising force.  If a team succumbs to a lack of vision, cliques or personal factions, or simply does not work, then individual work is probably more successful.  Yet, if there is strict monitoring of progress, clearly defined goals and expectations, and a matching of individual talents for specific purposes, then it stands to reason that team work can yield more than individual pursuits because of the presence of multiple talents and the shared experience of process yielding into product.  In the final analysis, team success is contingent on how it has been conceived.

M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

More people bring different viewpoints and ideas, whereas an individual often only looks at a problem or issue from one perspective. Obviously an individual doesn't have to deal with differing views and opinions within a team which often leads to arguments. I think depeding on the the situation there are positives for both teamwork and individuals. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It really depends on how functional the team is whether team work is better than individual work.  If the team members get along and work together, they can complement one another's strengths and cover one another's weaknesses.  Unfortunately, if they do not get along they will spend all of thier time bickering and never get anything done.

krishna-agrawala | Student

On obvious advantage of team work is the the higher resources of a team as compared to the individual. The total manpower resources of a team of, say, four persons is four times the manpower resources of just one individual. However this not the real advantage of team. The real advantage is that four persons working as a team can deliver output which is significantly more than the sum of outputs that each of the team member can deliver working individually. This advantage of team flows out of what may be described as division of labour.

Usually any task, particularly a complex task, requires performance of different types of activities. Division of labour means distributing these diverse activities among different individuals so that each person has to develop skills in and pay attention to performance of limited rang of activities. This enables each task to be performed with greater efficiency and effectiveness, increasing the productivity of the total team.

Of course teamwork, also poses the problem of developing cooperation and coordination between team members, without which no team can work effectively.

mkcapen1 | Student

Team work can be more effective than individual work if the team is cooperative and well managed.  It stands to reason that the work of a team of people would serve to accomplish more than work performed by only one person. 

The more people who work on a project the more ideas, talents, skills, and manpower is applied to complete the project.  The diversity of the workers skills enhances the project outcome and the manpower provides the ability for the project to be completed in a faster rate of time.

Teams work two different ways, for the same goal or for a project out come.  As the economy has become more global teamwork has become the primary mode of business operations.  Even in schools student are now being taught to work in team modalities.

An individual does not have the stamina a team has, the widespread expansion of different and versatile ideas, and the ability to expand labor.


fortyyearsold | Student

Yes, you work harder and show more of yourself. Unless, you have a completely lame group that does not work hard at all. It depends on who you are with. Sometimes, you are more responsible and, you can do it better alone.

It kind of all depends on what kind of...... study structure you have. You know what I mean. Team  work can be good if you all work together. So, you should think about it.