How to Be a Team Player
A common topic for job interviews is all about team work. Do you have a good answer for the question, "Are you a team player?"
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10 Tips to Better Team Work
Groups that work well together can accomplish large tasks with ease. On the sports field, the team that works well together is often the team that wins. What does it mean to be a team player in business? Teamwork on the job takes advantage of a group’s creativity and collective energy. Working as part of a team can help you find ways to boost productivity. If your boss has ever said to you, “Be a team player,” these are some of qualities that work.
10. Be Friendly and Supportive
Think of your team as your support network. Make it easy for team members to work together.
9. Take Equal Responsibility
The old saying, “Many hands make light work,” applies here. No one person feels the burden of work when all team members participate equally. Team members working together can achieve much more than one person who is acting alone. When you feel you are making a meaningful contribution, other team members will appreciate you and your work.
8. Respect All Team Members
Everyone is unique. Personality and skills vary. Recognize that all team members have thoughts and feelings that deserve your respect. Be considerate of others and allow them to make their best contributions. Encourage everyone to have an equal chance to state their opinions and ideas. Offer positive feedback when you can. Give your team members the kind of respect that you would like for yourself.
7. Be a Good Communicator
Lack of communication is often the problem when teams don’t seem to be doing well together. It doesn’t help to sit silently, even if you disagree with something.
6. Think Before You Speak
Once you have said something, it’s hard to take it back. Think first and try to use positive wording about everything. It’s really best not to say negative things to others. If you disagree with a team member, don’t become emotional about it.
5. Understand the Team’s Objectives
Teams that work together can achieve so much more than individuals who work alone. But the group needs to all be moving in the same direction. It’s vital that you understand the team’s goals. You might need to ask questions like these to make sure you understand the group’s objectives:
4. Be a Collaborator
A good team member is involved and active within the group. Here are some tips that foster collaboration:
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
When you need it, ask for help. Keep in mind that you are working towards a group’s goal, not just your own. Many people like to be able to help others, they find that role rewarding.
2. Keep a Positive Attitude
Try to stay optimistic during group discussions. Focus on the positives in your team members. Offer positive feedback—look and comment on what each person can do well. Stay positive about the work. Don’t complain, delay, or make negative comments.
1. Play to Your Strengths
What do you do best? Try to bring those qualities to the team. You may be great at organizing, or at researching information. You may clearly see the steps needed and write an outline of the tasks. Are you good at motivating others? Or perhaps you’re a good mediator for when there are problems. There are many roles that for individuals within a group that helps the team to work well together.
Teams are usually set up to solve difficult problems. They are designed to take advantage of each member's different skills, personalities, and traits. It’s not always easy to work with a team, but it can be a great opportunity to show your boss that you are willing to work hard for the good of the whole company, rather than for yourself.
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