How Working Alone Can Boost Productivity at Work

group-workWhenever you attend a meeting on HR, you are bound to hear someone speak on the virtues of teamwork, collaboration, group projects and open offices.

Some will argue that productivity and creative output is always better when you get a group of people working together in a shared space.

As they say, two heads are better than one, but in reality, that isn’t always the case. In fact, there are many reasons why some people would rather work alone, and why sometimes it is simply the best choice out there.

So, today we are going to talk about how working alone can actually boost productivity at work. Take a look below:

Working alone means less going back and forth. While it is always good to have a second pair of eyes help you oversee the work, sometimes all of those second opinions can be completely unnecessary. Unfortunately, though, if you plan to go ahead on a decision without your colleague’s consent then you run the risk of offending them and creating unwanted tension.

On the other hand, working on a project alone can help streamline the process and remove all of those extra steps that usually end up bogging down the work and making things harder on you and your colleague.

Working alone can give you confidence. Following our last point, working alone can help develop your confidence and decision-making skills. In turn, this will boost your productivity and efficiency since you don’t have to rely on the opinions of others so much. In the beginning, it may be hard to do, but overtime you’ll find yourself making decisions and executing them with ease.

Working alone means more responsibility. When you work alone, there is no one there to help pick up the slack. As such, you should feel more responsible for the work you put forth since there is less room for things to fall to the wayside.

Working alone means less distraction. When you are working in a group or sitting in the same area as a group of colleagues, you are bound to stray off topic. Whether it is chatter about plans this upcoming weekend or having to help them with their portion of the project, these distractions will definitely slow you down and make it much harder for you to get your projects done.

When working alone, though, there is less of a chance that you will run across these problems. Should you feel the urge to peak around the corner and chat with your colleague or go ahead and check your email or phone, just remember that you and you alone are responsible for your actions and have to take full responsibility when it comes time to show your boss the work you didn’t get done.

So when should you work alone and when should you work in the team?

After reading this, you might think that that we are anti-team work, but that is far from the truth. In some cases, working in teams is necessary, either because one member is stronger than you in a certain field or because the project at hand requires more than one person to tackle it. That being said, working in a group shouldn’t be thought of as a catchall for productive work.

Ultimately, it is up to you when it comes to deciding whether or not the project you have should be done alone or in a team. We suggest weighing the pros and cons and judging it based on each individual employee’s preference. For example, if Joe is really good at working alone and you know that he can get things done, then you should consider assigning him solo tasks. On the other hand, if Bob works well in teams and prefers to tackle the bigger projects, then go ahead and give him a project that takes two or three people. Just like you, our ultimate goal is getting things done in the most efficient way possible, whether that means in a team or alone!

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