Collaboration ranks as one of the top skills employers want new hires to bring to their organizations. Employers expect their employees to be able to work successfully on a team (National Association of Colleges & Employers, 2016). In fact, Forbes business magazine (2014) noted the ability to demonstrate strong teamwork skills has outranked technical knowledge of the job in priority of employers’ expectations of new staff.
Like any skill, working well on a team takes practice. You can refresh or start developing your teamwork skills here by reviewing our Success Strategy resource on collaboration. This short video explains the difference between collaborating as a team and simply working together as a group. It also includes key aspects of successful collaborations and provides additional resources for deeper learning.