The first thing I want you to think about is “what does teamwork mean to you?” I personally define teamwork as the ability to work in sync with one or more people to achieve one common purpose or goal. I find this definition as hard to grab by some people in today’s society. We deal with having to employ teamwork in our lives by just about everything we do, so why is it so hard to effectively conduct teamwork in those things? Well before we answer that question let’s take a look at some of the places where effective teamwork should be present, but is not quite there.
One way we employ teamwork in everyday lives is by becoming a parent. It is a parent’s job to teach their children the fundamental skills and give them the knowledge they need to be successful in life. This, to me, requires teamwork. For example, the mother teaches her children manners and good hygiene skills, whereas, the father teaches them how to catch a ball or drive a car. So why is teamwork disappearing in this aspect of our lives? Well in today’s society, we find that more and more parents are experiencing that the teamwork is a one-sided thing. According to a 2009 report from the US census bureau, there are 13.7 million single parents raising their children in the United States and this is amount could be due to the fact parents are not stepping up and taking responsibility for their children or they don’t have the means to, so they leave one parent to do it by themselves. I’ll bet if you walked down the street right now and asked the first five people you see “what each of their parents taught them as a child”, you might be surprised that at least three of the five people will respond that they never knew one of their parents. This is a saddening fact, but reinforces that fact that effective teamwork is losing ground in the parenting aspect of our everyday lives.
Another place where teamwork affects us greatly is in our jobs. It does not matter if you are a small or large company; if you have at least one employee and yourself, then teamwork will (or should be) be present. I have noticed that with the current recession scare, people are racing to grab jobs but the quality of people’s work has gone to down greatly. It just appears to me that people do not take pride in their work anymore. They want to get to work and work as fast they can, just to receive the paycheck, but their quality standards flew right out the window. This type of behavior is where I think teamwork losing its ground in the workforce. There are too many people who want to work to independently and forget they are a part of a team. Or in my experiences, you get employees who think they know more than the others and if they can’t have it their way then they will just work however they want, despite the team around them achieving the same goal.
As you can see, we run into the aspects of teamwork in just about everything we do. Teamwork is all about working together to achieve a common goal or purpose and after reading this article, please judge this for yourself “do you believe teamwork is losing ground in today’s society”. In my opinion, I think it is.