Technical ability is fundamental to any position in the workplace. However, working well in a team is an attribute consistently searched for by employers, so soft skills are highly sought after too. Companies will only thrive if the talented individuals they hire work well as a collective group to achieve the company goals. So what exactly defines a successful team player?
Being able to share ideas with your coworkers is a cornerstone of accomplishment and allows you to gain prominence within the organisation. In a survey, 39% of respondents said that there is simply not enough collaboration in the workplace. To rectify this, beginning the day with a team huddle is an easy way to bounce ideas within the group and raise everybody’s game.
Communication takes many forms. It is important to be able to move between one-on-one meetings and open group discussions. Also, try using a project management website or team conversation app (such as Trello or Slack), allowing seamless and archived dialogue.
If you show a genuine desire to work to your utmost ability, it won’t go unnoticed. Working efficiently and consistently allows you to set a strong example to others and will rub off on them. Having a high level of professionalism and maintaining an element of humility will also stand you in good stead. Acknowledge everyone’s achievements and not just your own.
If you take up a new role, don’t stay silent and watch change happen. Instead, use your fresh perspective to make positive alterations in the group and steer the change for yourself. Everyone works with people they don’t have much in common with, but they don’t have to be your best friends. A professional working relationship can still thrive if you outline each other’s common goals in order to be successful.
Above and beyond
You may have completed all of your work for the day but if your team’s objectives haven’t yet been met, you’re not finished. The ultimate co-worker and leader will look to see where they can offer their assistance in any given situation.
Offering a little bit extra to help the group or assist your colleagues when they're struggling is a sign of selflessness, showing that you care for shared responsibilities over your own agendas. Being a team player is integral to a productive working environment.
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