Teamwork versus Individual Work

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~ Aditi Bhardwaj 

Work always involves human beings. Which one would I prefer or is better is the Question. Should I do it alone or should I call up my classmates or colleagues for help? In either case, the result matters.

Both the efforts made are dependent on human behaviour; without it, no work will be complete, rather being discussed; some like doing it individually at peace whereas some prefer to do it with a bunch of other beings, But neither one of them is inadequate. No idea is a bad idea in either case. The most important thing is that to look for the right person to do the job, know when to work alone and when to work with a combination of others is vital for any organization to triumph.

                “Know when to work alone and when to pull together”

Individual work: when flying solo

Tasks that require full concentration and focus

It is better to work alone for higher concentration and focus. No idea can be a bad idea when working alone, during that duration, most of the time we go with our instincts (our gut feeling). As psychological tests survey that the “instinct” or “gut feeling” is defined as the ability to understand a thing immediately. It’s an astounding feeling to do what our heart desires. We can go with whatever best suits our work. We show our capability to an extent and most of all our work signifies who we are as human beings.

Everyone has a unique way of learning things, they have their individual learning style and preferences. For example, while working some like a quiet atmosphere whereas some individuals want to hear music or podcasts to motivate themselves and work while listening. As said earlier people have their unique ways, which makes their work unique altogether.

It is better said and shown perfectly in psychology, is that if you have to master something, a skill, or a subject you have to isolate with that work and challenge yourself to complete and learn it. Psychologist Anders Ericsson brilliantly said, “If you want to improve, you have to be the one who generates the moves.”

Learning new skills

You get things done quickly

You are obviously the smartest, the brightest, and the fastest of all the peers. You don’t have to wait up for another person to say or do whatever they have to say because when you finish your work your project is complete. Whereas if by any chance you are in a group, break the project into several parts so that each part is allotted to every single member of the group and called ”project manager” which is the often-used technique.

As said earlier when doing and giving all our time to one project we often go with our instincts, without further analysis we write and provide whatever comes to our mind and into that very project. We do our research, we try not to plagiarize, and give plenty of ideas to put into. At the end of the day, they would still be called your ideas.

Produce your set of ideas There are no major conflicts

One more pro to doing work individually is that we don’t have to rely on other people to complete their set of work and give the rest. It is normal in human behaviour that some people get anxious, doubtful, and sceptical when they have to rely on some other peer, and the outcome is not propitious, So when doing things alone the only person an individual has to rely on is themselves.

Validation is something that every person is looking for. A sense of recognition and appreciation is all a worker needs for completing its task and for the assignment itself.

It’s a known fact that if a person knows that their efforts are appreciated, it increases self-esteem, dignity, and confidence in themselves and for their job. A little respect can change a lot in human action.

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 How can it help an Individual?; Would it be feasible?; Is it worth it rather than doing it alone? This is the question every person asks before working in a group.

A team is a group of people that consists of three to four or more beings working together for a common cause, idea, or task. For beginners, the best way to learn more is by working in a team. It’s a standard working unit in most of the companies and by that, they could establish the work periodically and systematically.

Brainstorming session

Teamwork is fun and useful and it produces lots of ideas. Brainstorming is an important method as it combines people’s perspectives, their ideas and most importantly they widen the scope. Putting together a bunch of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences can put up new ideas and better ideas rather than just sticking to one.

From nowadays it can be used positively too. When there is a deadline or a thing has to be done quickly you would always have some person to help you out or just be there when you need their help. Team members motivate you, encourage you and most of all be there for you.

Peer pressure

Everyone is unique and provide a different perspective

As I said earlier that everyone is unique, it also justifies that bringing people together in a team produces unique and new ideas to go with. Having a different mindset could actually produce more information and also would enhance people’s knowledge.

                            A great factor in widening the range

Open communication  Trusting Each other and making friends can help in future endeavours.

Work is vast and the person appointed should choose wisely whom to choose for their group project. It is a frequent thought that always comes to a person’s mind who is appointed in bringing together the rest of the team by establishing who is more liable, efficient, and the fastest to work with. He should know the area of his expertise. The appointer has the liability here in creating a team but it can also backfire, it is because the appointer is always superior and if he/ she has any conflict with them in the past they suffer the most.

The most con thing is that they have to rely on their superior, sometimes partiality can become a reason and scut work for punishment.

Letting it go

It should become a moral for us all human beings to have and remember in our day to day life. Similarly, you have to let it go when your work is not appreciated or selected because this is how life goes on. Even in teamwork, you have to let go and let others win and take the wheel. It’s fine if you don’t have the best ideas to go with. It is okay to fail once or twice because there is always another time to succeed.

So which one is better, teamwork, or individual work?

Obviously, there is no definite answer. The only effective way is to make up your mindset and to look upon the process being established in the organization, the task, and the project that needs to be completed. As well as it also depends on individual preference for a specific type of work. To know what to do, when to do it, and how to do it are the three gadgets to apply when the task or project has been assigned.

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