WORKPLACE SUCCESS / 30 July 2019How to Deal with a Toxic Work Environment
There is no “I” in team. Sports teams are perfect examples of how many players together can achieve much more than one player alone. Everyone on the team plays a different role, according to their strengths – by helping and encouraging one another along the way, you can score some goals and make some inspiring things happen. Here are some ways you can be an effective team player:
1. Communicate Effectively
Good communication skills are essential in teamwork. This means that you should strive to be open to other people’s ideas, listen thoughtfully, be enthusiastic in your support, take the initiative to share your own ideas and do so respectfully.
Bottom line: Assume the best of your teammates and in turn give your teammates your personal best. Share information and resources with your team. Remember, you’re all there for one purpose – and by keeping everyone informed, you contribute to that goal. If you have past experiences or knowledge that can help others, then offer it. They’ll appreciate the help. Effective communication ensures that all team members know what is required of them.
2. Be the 3 R’s: Responsible, Reliable, Ready
3. Have a Positive Outlook
Support other people on your team by offering positive feedback and providing help if they need it. Your willingness to collaborate and help others will make a good impression on both the group and upper management. If you complain, delay, or give the tough assignments to others, people will notice. A positive attitude will help others stay focused and productive as well.
Although conflict is inevitable when working in a team, it is best to identify issues early on and bring these in a helpful, positive way to the attention of the team to ensure its success. If properly dealt with, conflict, can lead to a lot of positivity in the form of new ideas, more thoughtful decisions, and better results. Here’s another helpful article on how to become a better team player.
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