I came across a recent article that mentioned 10 Employee Engagement Ideas (that get serious results).
It's a good article but what caught my attention is that teamwork was listed as number 9 on the list.
Working for a company that specializes in employee collaboration software (i.e. teamwork) I think that teamwork should be higher on the list of employee engagement ideas.
Teamwork can sound like a management cliché these days however many staff may not realize a larger strategic benefit.
In addition to developing trust, improving collaboration and reducing conflict, teamwork is a key vehicle to transfer knowledge between more experienced employees and younger workers.
While this may seem implied, I don't think there is enough emphasis on this particular objective. Most people these days assemble their teams based on ease or comfort. They'll choose their familiar colleagues, especially if there is a looming deadline.
Teams create one of the most fertile environments for senior workers to share their experience so that crucial business knowledge is nurtured and maintained.
Junior staff feel engaged and inspired when they are part of new teams, when they learn to understand the broader business, the issues and can work towards the solutions. Developing a culture of diverse teams should be a key priority for employee engagement, otherwise we fall into our comfort zone and things get done the same way they always have.