Join us in Celebrating the Importance of Teamwork

“Teamwork makes the dream work”- we’ve all heard the popular motto, but what does it truly take to make everyone feel an essential part of the team rather than just one of the many puzzle pieces involved in running a business? With our Make Work Work report we set out to discover if teamwork in the workplace is on the minds of both managers and workers. Read on to see what we found out and join us in celebrating the importance of teamwork.

Why is teamwork important in the workplace

Did you know that 90% of managers say feeling part of a team is important to employee happiness? Or that 80% of employees say a strong bond with colleagues is fundamental to happiness at work? The importance of teamwork is front and center in our Make Work Work survey results. No doubt that when it comes to the workplace, a sense of belonging really is key to productivity, with 6 in 10 office workers saying that they work harder when they feel part of a team *. With surveys reminding us again and again just how much of our time is spent at the office (a 2018 survey found that the average British worker will put in 34 hours and 26 minutes of work a week **), ensuring that your workplace is friendly and supportive really is essential for employee’s wellbeing and happiness.

How to improve teamwork in business

Fortunately there are plenty of ways to keep the team spirit alive. Here are some ideas for improving teamwork in the workplace:

Encourage socialising

Whether over a cup of coffee with everyone joining in at break time or organising picnics at summer time, the team building opportunities are everywhere once you start looking for them. Getting to know both the work side and the social side of your team members will open up communication, encourage the exchange of ideas and make everyone feel part of the big work family.

Turn failures into learning opportunities

There’s nothing like a conflict or an employee mistake to stifle the idea of teamwork in the workplace. This is why it’s important to have a process for dealing with issues in a constructive way that lets everyone know you’re all in this together. Someone’s mistake is an opportunity for everyone to learn, so address errors openly and encourage people to admit fault instead of hiding it. This is how trust is built and it’s also what gets teamwork in business into gear.

Open up the decision making process

Make everyone an integral part of the business by organising regular meetings where employees get to come up with ideas and have their opinions listened to and acted upon when it’s the case. Seeing that their impact on the business is real will build up a solid connection to the workplace and to everyone in it.

Mix it up

Improve teamwork in the workplace by switching members between the various teams in your business. Don’t let employees think that the Finance team or the Operations department is all there is to the company. The team is much bigger and getting departments intermingled will make it obvious to everyone that they’re part of a much larger whole.

At Nestlé Professional ®, we know how important teamwork in the workplace is, especially when it comes to improving morale and building relationships with your co-workers – which is why we’ve come up with another way to help bind your team together. Check our NESCAFÉ ® competitions each month and join us in celebrating teamwork and hard work all over the country.

Keeping your team refreshed at work

Refreshment is a core part of an innovative office design, with many small businesses now offering drinks on tap, free coffee and tea for staff and a range of free or subsidised catering options in-house, to make breaks and lunchtimes more productive.

Coffee is a key staple of many busy offices and, as the nation’s favourite super premium instant coffee [1] , NESCAFÉ ® Azera ® instant coffee is the ideal coffee to include in your office kitchen.

For the 5th year running, we’ve partnered with students from the University for the Creative Arts to create exclusive packaging that champions young designers. This year’s theme was ‘A cup of curiosity’ and our limited-edition collection showcases the breadth of curiosity in all of us.

With a catering size 500g tin of NESCAFÉ ® Azera ® in your kitchen cupboard, staff can quickly take a much-needed break and make the most of your breakout spaces.


Taking care of environmental concerns

As environmental concerns increase, it’s important for your office design to promote a sustainable approach to waste and packaging. 75% of millennials believe multinational corporations have the potential to help solve society’s economic, environmental and social challenges [2] , so reducing environmental impact will be high on employee’s expectations.

At Nestlé, we’re committed to reducing our impact on the environment, and in 2018 we announced our commitment to make 100% of our packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025 [3] . But we know that there’s still a pressing need for small businesses to focus on sustainability.

Key ways to make your office more sustainable include:

  1. Buying supplies in bulk – order refreshments, like coffee, in large catering size containers, reducing the overall amount of packaging and making them last for longer.
  2. Providing recycling options – offer ways for staff to recycle food waste, single-use plastics and non-recyclable waste in specific bins, to promote better awareness.
  3. Choosing environmental options – when choosing suppliers, look for companies that offer non-plastic options, and who have a clear Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda when it comes to the environment.


Read our articles for more workplace tips and insights and discover what the 10 companies with cool employee perks have in common for inspiration.


* All statistics from ‘Make Work Work’ survey of 1000 UK employees and 1000 UK managers. 3GEM in collaboration with Nestlé Professional®, September 2018


***IRI MAT 52 w/e Jan 2019

[1] IRI MAT 52 w/e Jan 2019

[2] Deloitte's seventh annual Millennial Survey

[3] Nestle press release re reducing plastic waste