The economy is questionable; buyers are holding off, you survived layoffs….. now what? Now that your company dynamic is a bit different, it’s a good time to focus on teamwork. Working in an office requires depending on others to get things done. Even the most independent positions sometimes need to work with others; being on a team means being inter-dependent and being able to trust others. Having an efficient team is the best way to keep the company on track and to ensure your position. Here are basics on how to be a good “team member”:
You must be independent first. If you cannot function well on your own, an office team can turn into an outlet for all your flaws. An independent person knows what makes him or her tick and has established values and ethics. These values can then be brought to any team and become part of the contributing process.
The team is accountable to each other. Someone has to lead and it requires guidelines. If one member is not committed to the plan and the team, nothing will work.
The leader may lead the team but must allow the individuals on the team to flourish and grow. Teams can be about change and that change can be a great strength. When various types of people are on a team, the abundance of creativity can be a major bonus.
Teams can be enjoyable and fun, but no one will know that unless team members relax and lighten up. Having a goal doesn’t mean you need to put unneeded pressure on people to meet a deadline.
Have respect for each other. Everyone works differently and has their own system for getting things done. Cooperate with those around you better by understanding why they do the things they do. Be respectful and don’t push your ideas on others.
Individual’s actions affect the group. If you are not getting your share done, you set everyone behind. Keep the team goal in mind and work towards it as efficiently as possible.
Have caution. Not everyone is a team player. People who are loners need to work alone. If they can produce results on their own, let them. Forcing someone to be on a team will only stall any progress