How To Be A Good Team Player

Being a good team player has many perks. If you are looking to secure a raise in your salary or even a promotion, then you may need to prove that you are equally a good team player as much as you are an independent worker!

Teamwork is a collaborative effort which brings together different perspectives and opinions. It also enables one colleague to rely on other colleagues to complete a task and reduces the stress placed  on one individual.

In essence, it all comes down to working well with others. Here are some tips for you to master the art of working well with others and become a great team player in the office.

1. Ensure you meet deadlines to avoid affecting the entire team. Being a reliable co-worker helps in building a good rapport with your colleagues. So, if you promise to complete a task within a specified time, then make sure you do it and do it well. A good team player is one who produces quality work in a timely manner. This is an important factor especially in group projects involving several teams in the office. Missing deadlines will cause unnecessary stress and affect the entire team negatively.

2. Keep an open mind. When you are working in a team, it important to keep an open mind to other colleagues’ ideas and opinions. Indirectly, this helps you to improve your listening skills and the ability to handle feedback (both negative and positive) from co-workers. Don’t get emotional or defensive instead assess what you can learn from their advice. Better still, ask for advice from experienced co-workers on how to improve your work for future projects.

3. Acknowledge and adapt to other people’s work styles. Learning to adapt to another person’s work style can be a challenge in a multigenerational workforce. Milllenials may work differently from Gen-Xers and even baby boomers. Going the extra mile to understand how different colleagues work in the office is important to become a good team player. It also provides the opportunity to improve your communication skills in handling different personalities in the office to avoid conflict and work more efficiently. When problems arise, take a step back, reflect and focus on coming up with solutions to the problem instead of playing the blame game. Likewise, give credit where it is due. Team players who are humble are ones who readily acknowledge the contributions of individual colleagues who were instrumental to the success of a project.

4. Steer away from office politics. Indulging in office politics creates a toxic work environment. Always treat your colleagues with respect. If you have a problem with a colleague, try to resolve it directly with the particular person in an amicable manner before bringing the matter up with your manager and the Human Resources department.

5. Stay focused on the common goal. Although it is important to showcase your unique talents to be recognised as a valuable asset in the company, focusing on the bigger picture ie the goal of a project, etc, is equally important. At the end of the day, teamwork is all about the willingness to put a common interest over and above your own personal interest.