Every organization relies on good teams. Effective teamwork in the workplace helps drive the organization toward success. Here are a ten characteristics of an outstanding team player in the workplace:
1) Being a Good Communicator
Being able to speak and convey your ideas clearly is a valuable skill to have. Additionally, knowing when to stop talking and start listening carefully to what you team members have to offer whilst value-adding to their suggestions is what makes communication an invaluable skill. Whether you’re reporting to your boss or are working with your coworkers, effective communication helps to prevent errors that more often than not, leads to reputation and financial losses. Furthermore, communicating effectively can improve performance, morale, teamwork which conveys to success in your business.
2) Embrace Collaboration
We understand that some people work very well on their own and can get their tasks completed on time. However, in the modern workplace, tasks don’t exist in independent silos anymore. You’re more likely to see people working with a team as change is the modern day business norm. Everyone must now put even more effort to communicate effectively with others not just to gain support for ideas but also to create collaborative relationships across the organization in order for the business to be successful.
3) Being Flexible
As challenges evolve to become more dynamic in the workplace, it is important that team members need to be flexible and collaborative. Every team will experience some sort of conflict at some point. This is especially inevitable when people of diverse experiences and backgrounds approach a task in a different manner. Therefore, the most effective teams have members who actively seek out to include others in making key decisions and solving problems creatively. They understand that having a diversity of opinions leads to optimal solutions.
4) Being Future-Focused
When working with a team, it is important to look ahead and anticipate what might come in the near future. Great team members approach their work strategically and anticipate the actions they can take that will add value to the overall business. Apart from being innovative, entrepreneurial, and enterprising, they think about the challenges they’ll face in the next 5 to 10 years.
5) They Back Up Goals with Action
It is easy to sit on the high chairs and come up with goals. Therefore, what sets a team player apart is how actionable their plans and goals are. An effective team membership is characterised by how you think and feel about your role and the actions you take to support the team’s goals.
Before you start saying “yeah, easier said than done”, here’s how you can hone these skills – through team building activities. It is through team building activities such as Laser Tag, Archery Tag and Bubble Soccer, that you’d sharpen these skills. So what are you waiting for? Gather your team members and get them out for a fun day of learning while playing!