Why a great team is the best investment ever.

You always hear it.

A great company team makes a great product.

You’ll never be happy at work if you don’t like your coworkers.

Your office is your second family.

You know this. But, how often do you analyze this truth in regards to how well your company actually operates?

I work at a design agency of 8 people with 6 of us working in office. It’s going to be two years now that I’ve worked here. In that time, I’ve seen 8 employees quit, at one point four at once — including a COO and a project manager. I know, right?

You’re probably thinking, well, why is she still working there? Sounds like a place you jump ship and don’t look back. Sure, I questioned it. I thought, Holy shit, we’re shutting down. What does my portfolio look like? Where’s my resume? Who are my contacts?

But I stuck it out because…let’s call it faith. That and the company actually wasn’t shutting down.

There are several reasons why people went off to explore other work opportunities. Many thought the company lacked in a lot of ways and there were many internal issues that needed to be fixed. Looking back now, I honestly think the biggest reason for why most left was because there was never a sense of a strong bond or driving force behind our team. The lack of kinship maintained a loose workspace where those internal issues were never resolved and there was mostly just miscommunication, clashing of personalities, disorder, personal interests, and no process.

It wasn’t until we acquired our latest team, after much trial and error in the hiring process, that I realized many of the company’s internal problems could’ve been solved if we had all just put our 8 heads together and worked towards the same goals. And to do that, well one, you have to have the same goals. And more often than not, many employees have their own agendas that don’t necessarily have anything to do with their company. Two, we would need a team that was open minded, communicative of their ideas, and most importantly cared enough about their company to be proactive. On top of that, you would need them to not be assholes, perhaps share a similar sense of humor, as well as share the same passions within the industry. So simple.

Now, it’s only been a few months but I would like to think that we, as a team, thoroughly enjoy each other’s company and that we all are putting in the same effort into making our workplace great. With just a few meetings, we’ve made more progress internally than I’ve made in the year and a half that I’ve worked here with other coworkers. Ideas turn into actions much quicker when everyone is onboard. And while we still have a way to go, that path is so much more visible now.

I’m glad I didn’t jump ship because now I’m finally seeing the effect a great team has on everything. We learn off each other, improve upon ideas, and feel more secure in everything we do and create because there is finally a support system to rely on. I find that whatever comes next for our company will be great and prove its worth of investment made by employer and employee.

Whether it’s time spent or expenses made, the payoff of a great team is just priceless.