Incorporating successful teamwork is essential for all businesses today. This usually doesn't happen by accident, it requires the strong commitment of everyone involved in a project or business. Here are some of the essential elements of creating an atmosphere encouraging teamwork as presented by Workforce Online.


  • Do a considerable amount of research and planning before starting or expanding a project.
  • Management must actively and visibly support the project.
  • Develop a steering committee to oversee the proposed project.
  • Sell the benefits of the team activities to all participants involved.
  • Provide appropriate training for everyone involved.
  • Assign a facilitator on each team to serve mainly as a process coach.
  • Focus on problems or issues within a clearly defined scope.
  • Have team members select problems from their own area of expertise. This will boost the success rate.
  • Have teams complete all steps of a problem-solving process.
  • Team building is emphasized but balanced with a concern for producing tangible results.
  • Teamwork is encouraged; fault-finding is discouraged.
  • Provide recognition in a sincere and timely manner.