Importance Of Teamwork In Relationships And Business

By Toni Hoy

Updated December 19, 2018

Reviewer Heather Cashell


How important is teamwork? There is differing viewpoints on the importance of teamwork in relationships and business. However, the general thought is that teamwork is extremely important and has many benefits. While teamwork alone may not be the solution to all of your interpersonal and business problems, it will be certain help you and everyone around you be more successful and happy.

What Is Teamwork?

In its simplest form, teamwork is two or more people coming together to reach a common goal. To do that, the people involved in the team must collaborate with ideas and taking on various aspects of the project or duties to get the entire task completed. Teamwork doesn't just apply to sports teams and big corporations. It also applies to many aspects of business and personal relationships.

Importance Of Teamwork In Relationships

The importance of teamwork in the workplace has become extremely stressed in most organizations. But do you apply those same concepts to your relationships? Most people do not consider teamwork in the same way when they enter into a long-term relationship or marriage. However, that same concept of teamwork is what makes your relationships strong and able to withstand major life changes and obstacles.

Brings You Closer Together

Whether you are looking at your relationships with your friends, your boyfriend/girlfriend, or your spouse, there is no doubt that teamwork brings people closer together. When you work together as a team to tackle problems or daily life activities, it helps you to form a bond with those closest to you. This is a bond that simply cannot be formed when two people are constantly working apart.

Teamwork Lightens The Load

Teamwork lightens the load for everyone involved. When you work together as a team, no one person has a lot of tasks to complete on their own. Especially in relationships where you are caring for multiple children, teamwork is vital to make sure that no one parent gets burned out or overwhelmed with the stress of daily life.

Improves Relationships

As humans, we tend to do things for people we like or love. However, we also tend to love or like the people we do nice things for, even more than we did previously. This is known as the Benjamin Franklin effect. The importance of teamwork in relationships is that it allows everyone involved to help each other. The more you help each other, the stronger your bond will become.

Compromise Becomes Possible

When each person in a relationship is working alone, compromise becomes difficult. Each person has their ideas of how things should be, and they are not likely to mesh. However, when you work together as a team, compromise becomes more possible. You can work together to come up with ideas and solutions that you can both live with, and you both gave input.


Twice As many Ideas

Working alone, you may have some ideas for solving problems that will ultimately work. But is there a better idea? When you work together with your partner as a team, you come up with at least twice as many ideas together than you would separately. The more ideas you have, the more likely you are to come up with viable solutions.

Build Successful Relationships

A successful team puts the needs of the team and the members above themselves, while still making sure that they can contribute effectively to the team through self-care. The same is true of relationships. When you are in a relationship, you need to be able to put your significant other above yourself while still taking care of yourself and doing what you need to do for you. Being part of a team involves sacrifice, selflessness, and perseverance.

Opens The Lines Of Communication

Teamwork opens up the lines of communication in a way that few other things can. When you are working together as a team, you have to be able to communicate effectively with one another to solve problems, come up with ideas, and get the job done. This requires not only being able to tell your partner what you want them to know but also really improving your listening skills. The more you practice being a team, the easier communication will become.

Importance Of Teamwork In Business

The importance of teamwork in the workplace has been greatly emphasized in recent years, and for a good reason. There are many benefits to organizing employees into teams. However, you can apply this practice of teamwork to all of your business relationships, including relationships with your clients. When you partner with clients, managers, and coworkers to build effective teams in all aspects of your business, everyone will be happier and more successful.

Job Satisfaction

Organizational politics can make a huge impact on job satisfaction, and there is sometimes little that counteracts that effect. However, studies have found that in companies with organizational politics combined with an emphasis on teamwork, employees were much more satisfied with their jobs.

Another study found that even in jobs where people felt they did not receive adequate support from their immediate supervisor, they were satisfied with their job when there was an importance placed on teamwork. It is important to have teamwork in the workplace so that everyone can be more relaxed, less stressed, and enjoy their work day.


High Reliability

High-reliability organizations are those organizations that exist with a high risk of errors but ultimately have few errors. Studies have shown that what makes these organizations most reliable is the importance of teamwork. Teamwork in communications, problem-solving, and job sharing will help any organization become more reliable and produce fewer errors.

Increase Efficiency

One of the biggest benefits of teamwork in the workplace is an increased efficiency level. When employees work together, they can complete more work in a smaller amount of time. Each person has to put in less effort than if they were doing tasks on their own and therefore can accomplish more in the same business hours than they did individually. Teamwork maximizes output and minimizes effort.

Improve Communication

Another major benefit of teamwork is that it improves communication between employees. Employees must learn how to communicate effectively, including listening effectively, to accomplish goals together. These improvements to communication can help the team come up with more ideas that can greatly benefit the business as a whole.

Motivates Unity

Teamwork inspires people toward friendship and loyalty. When people work together as a team, it motivates them to unify with one another and support one another rather than compete against each other. This allows for a much more personal work environment where lasting friendships are made. Not only does unity help with productivity and efficiency, but it also helps employees feel more relaxed at work and satisfied with their jobs.

Promotes Innovation

In today's constantly changing world, innovation is extremely important to any business. Teamwork promotes innovation because you have multiple people providing information, talents, opinions, and feedback. Effective and speedy decisions can be made much more easily when everyone works together bringing different experiences and skills to the table.


Personal Growth

Teamwork gives individuals the opportunity for personal growth. A team environment is a learning environment. Everyone on the team will have a different set of skills and different experiences to bring to the table. By working together, individuals can learn easily from one another, expanding their knowledge and their skillset, and finding additional room for improvement.

Fosters The Ability To Handle Change

Companies that employ a team environment in their organizations tend to have less backfire when major organizational changes occur. Whether the change is a completely new sales system or a complete change in management, a team is more likely to be able to adapt to those changes than individuals working alone. The team isn't changing, even if everything around them is changing. That stability makes it easier for employees to accept and process big changes in a company.

Getting Help With Teamwork

If you feel that you are always the one doing the work in your relationships, you might want to consider how you can make the change to teamwork. Couples or individual therapy can be a great help to you in adjusting. A therapist understands the importance of teamwork and can help you implement it in your interpersonal relationships for greater success and less conflict.

If you feel that you are incapable of working in a team for business, a therapist can help you as well. You may need to be able to learn some skills and traits such as communication skills, empathy, and relinquishing control. You may also need to evaluate your competitiveness and selfishness if you find that you are having a hard time being part of a team in business or relationships.


A therapist can help you evaluate all of your potential issues that are keeping you from working as part of a team and help you overcome those obstacles. The answers may be simple and quick, or they may take some time. Whatever the case, if you are willing to put in the effort you can learn to become an effective part of a team and implement teamwork in your relationships and business relationships.

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