“Teamwork makes the dream work.” – John C. Maxwell
How many times at your workplace (or in life) have you heard the phrase ‘teamwork makes the dream work’? There’s a reason for it being repeated constantly, it’s because its true. Teamwork does make the dream work. In this case, the dream being your tasks and long-term career goals.
Why is teamwork important?
Working in a team has proven to be effective in the workplace, it increases productivity, motivation and efficiency. You can develop your communication skills (an excellent transferable skill) and establish a better workplace culture. If you’re working in a team you can distribute your workload within a group of people, this can cut difficult tasks into smaller, manageable ones, and provide you with extra time for other tasks.
Teamwork is important for many different reasons, including enabling a team to withhold normalised hierarchies within a team which create a more relaxed and level place of work. Employees can learn from each other, you might find a colleague who has an unique skill set that you can learn from. Teamwork can encourage you to make an effort, see your skills develop and help aid the success of your organisation.
But, how can you make sure your team is working to the best of their ability? And working together as a team to reach your company’s goals?
Here are just 3 tips on being an effective employee in a team:
- Communicate. Communication is key, in most areas of life, not just in the workplace. Talking to your colleagues and generating ideas increases productivity and builds stronger working relationships. Through effective communication, your team should know their overall goals and missions for their work, they should be building trusting relationships and formulating new ideas and ways of working. It is vital to talk to everyone on your team, this can be done through a weekly meeting encouraging the team to engage. Every individual has their own strengths and weaknesses, by working in a team you’ll likely to discover what everyone is and isn’t good at, enabling you to utilise your time to its full potential.
- Listen. This may seem obvious, but listening to people works hand-in-hand with communicating. How can you generate ideas and have a conversation if you’re not listening? You should be listening to your colleagues, to their views and opinions to try and understand their perspective, and be accepting of how they view life. Not only this, but by listening to other opinions and ideas, you can get a fresh outlook on your tasks. This will create effective lines of communication within your whole team. It also means everyone in your team will feel valued and heard, feeling valued in the workplace is important for your own sense of belonging, and your happiness.
- Provide feedback and give praise to your colleagues. This adds to the general happiness levels within the workplace. Being praised for your work can boost an individual as it increases motivation. If you know you’re doing something well you’re more inclined to keep reaching for success. And what’s a team without success?
So, think about your team at work, does it function effectively? Do you communicate regularly? Do you know what’s going on? Check your team and see if there’s room for improvement. You won’t regret it.
Team-working skills are transferable in most jobs, so consider how effectively you work in a team when signing up to Yondur.