The Importance Of Teamwork In Relationships And Business

Medically reviewed by April Justice, LICSW
Updated February 19, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

There are often differing viewpoints on the importance of teamwork in both relationships and business. Many believe it is vital for success. While cooperation alone may not solve all your interpersonal and business problems, it could be valuable in helping you and those around you cultivate more successful relationships.  

Working well with a team isn’t always easy for everyone

What is teamwork?

Teamwork is often defined as two or more people coming together to reach a common goal. To do that, the team may collaborate and take responsibility for various aspects of the project or duties to complete the entire task. The concept of teamwork often applies to sports teams and corporations, but it can also apply to many aspects of business and personal relationships, highlighting the importance of encouraging teamwork in various areas of life.

While working as a team can be intuitive for some people, others may find it more difficult. You're not alone if you struggle to be a team player at work or in your personal relationships. Improving teamwork can be done on an individual and group level, sometimes with the help of a professional specializing in organizations and workplace relationships.

Benefits of teamwork in relationships

Many organizations emphasize the importance of collaboration in the workplace. However, many individuals do not consider teamwork when they enter a long-term intimate relationship or marriage. They may not realize collaboration could contribute to healthy relationships that can withstand significant life changes and obstacles.

Teamwork brings people closer together

Whether in relationships with friends, a partner, or a spouse, teamwork often brings people closer together. When you work together as a team, you may form a bond with those closest to you. You might find skills in common or enjoy quality time together, especially if quality time is your love language.

Teamwork can distribute the workload evenly

The point of working together as a team is often to prevent one person from bearing the responsibility of handling everything alone. Teamwork often "lightens the load" for those involved in a group project or other group endeavors. In a relationship, this might mean helping with household chores. 

Compromise may become possible

When each person in a relationship is working alone, reaching a mutual agreement can become difficult. Each person has independent ideas of how things "should be," and they may conflict. However, a compromise might be possible when you work together with a group of people. You can communicate and develop ideas and solutions to satisfy everyone's needs.

Working together can cultivate ideas

When working alone, you may cultivate suitable ideas for solving problems. However, when working together, individuals often develop more creative problem-solving strategies than when working separately. Additionally, more creative ideas available to the group may provide a more significant number of potential solutions. 


You may build successful relationships with balance

Successful teammates at work often put the group's needs above themselves without neglecting their own needs. This skill may be beneficial in relationships. For instance, when cultivating a relationship with a significant other, you may need to compromise your preferences. Even though successful relationships sometimes require sacrifice, selflessness, and perseverance, balancing your needs and the needs of others can be crucial. 

Teamwork opens the lines of communication

Teamwork might open the lines of communication between others more easily than working alone. Teamwork often requires effective communication to solve problems and complete projects efficiently. 

Open communication can also be valuable in relationships outside of work. The ability to speak to your partner about your needs and actively listen to them as they communicate theirs can allow you to engage in open communication. These skills may become more comfortable the more you practice them.

Benefits of teamwork in business

In the average workplace, the importance of teamwork is evident to many people. Effective teamwork can be beneficial for the success of a business, as it allows each team member to combine their diverse skill sets and come up with fresh ideas that can have the potential to take the business to the next level. 

Team-building is a helpful part of a team's growth, as it fosters a sense of belonging among team members and helps them work together towards a common goal. It may also be helpful for businesses and even teams to have a clear policy to ensure that each team member feels safe and valued, potentially leading to a more productive and positive work environment. In short, teamwork is often viewed as the backbone of any successful business.

The importance of teamwork in the workplace has been studied. There are many benefits to organizing employees into teams. However, you may apply this practice of teamwork to all your business relationships, including client relationships. 

Individuals who partner with their clients, managers, and coworkers often build more effective teams in all aspects. 

Job satisfaction

Organizational politics can have a negative impact on job satisfaction. However, studies reveal that employees are more satisfied with their jobs in companies where organizational politics are combined with an emphasis on teamwork. 

Another study found that, even in jobs where people felt they did not receive adequate support from their immediate supervisor, there was a connection between job satisfaction and a culture of teamwork within the organization. 

Increased efficiency

A significant finding about the benefits of teamwork in the workplace concerns increased efficiency when employees work together. Because the necessity of individual expenditure of effort can often lessen within a team setting, employees are free to complete more work in a smaller amount of time. Teamwork often maximizes output and minimizes effort.

Working well with a team isn’t always easy for everyone

Improved communication

Employees working within a team may learn how to communicate effectively to accomplish goals together. These improvements to communication may assist the team in developing more ideas that can significantly benefit the business as a whole.

Motivated unity

Teamwork may also inspire people toward friendship and loyalty. Working together as a team may cultivate unity and support for one another rather than unhealthy competition. 

This connection might encourage a more personable work environment where lasting friendships are possible. In this way, unity can help with productivity and efficiency and encourage employees to feel more relaxed and satisfied at work.


Innovation is often cited as crucial for most businesses. Effective and speedy decisions are sometimes more easily made when individuals work together by bringing unique experiences and skills to the table.

Personal growth

Teamwork may give individuals the opportunity for personal growth. By working together, individuals can learn quickly from one another, expand their knowledge and their skillset, and find opportunities for individual improvement.

The ability to handle change

Companies utilizing a team environment sometimes experience less difficulty when major organizational shifts occur. Whether the change is an entirely new sales system or a complete management reorganization, teams are often better suited to adapt to those changes than individuals working alone. 

Teams may also have more intrinsic stability against change, and that stability may make it easier for employees to accept and process significant changes within a company.

Speaking with a therapist may improve teamwork

Whether at work or with a significant other, if you feel that you bear most of the workload in your relationships, it may be helpful to reflect with a professional on how to make changes in your life. For instance, if you find it challenging to connect and work with your partner to improve your relationship, attending couples therapy may facilitate the communication necessary to learn that skill. 

Individual therapy may also be helpful for people in partnerships or those who wish to develop better teamwork skills at work. For example, speaking with an experienced therapist individually may help you better understand your personality and how it affects your communication skills, empathy, and how you cope with situations that may require relinquishment of control. 

Many people experience barriers to seeking help from a therapist, such as time constraints, availability, and financial concerns. Online therapy is a potential solution if you would like to speak to a counselor but face these barriers. Studies suggest that online therapy matches traditional treatment in terms of efficacy, and remote counseling platforms like BetterHelp are often successful at connecting licensed mental health professionals with patients. 


Meeting with a professional counselor may be beneficial if you want to strengthen your teamwork skills. Over time, your experience working with a therapist could yield insights you may not have found on your own and help you develop the skills you want to improve to be a key contributor to your team.

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