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Teamwork makes the dream work! How to work well in a team ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘

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Introduction ๐Ÿ‘‹

Whether it’s at school or work, everyone seems to be talking about why it’s important to be able to work in a team. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Working well in a team can help you to:

  • impress your manager at work ๐ŸŒŸ
  • get other people to help you reach your goals ๐Ÿ†
  • create new ideas ๐Ÿง 
  • save time when getting things done โŒš
  • make work better quality than if you did it alone โœจ
  • get more work done ๐Ÿ“ˆ

But how do you actually work well in a team? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Here are our top tips for being the best team player. ๐Ÿ€

1. Listen๐Ÿ‘‚

In a team it’s always tempting to share your ideas first, and not really pay attention to what anyone else has to say. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

The best team players are the best listeners, making sure that everyone has room for their say. ๐Ÿ’ฌ

If you make others feel listened to, they’re also far more likely to listen to you. ๐Ÿ™Œ

2. Be kind ๐Ÿค

Team situations can:

  • be intense ๐Ÿคฏ
  • feel like you’re in competition with everyone else ๐Ÿฅ‰
  • create conflict ๐ŸฅŠ

which can lead to team members being unkind to each other.

To keep your team happy, it’s important to be kind to everyone, especially if you disagree with them.

When working in a team, you should:

  • be patient with othersโŒš
  • try to avoid arguments (19 ways to stop arguments from exploding ๐Ÿ’ฃ) ๐Ÿงจ
  • be thoughtful and considerate – offer help, look out for your team members ๐Ÿ’–
  • avoid talking over others ๐Ÿคซ
  • keep calm, even if you feel frustrated๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ
  • make others feel important/special (133 ways to make someone feel special ๐Ÿ’–)
  • watch your words – try not to be harsh towards others ๐Ÿ™Š
  • avoid talking badly about your team members ๐Ÿค

If you’re kind to others in your team, they will be more likely to:

  • help you ๐Ÿค
  • listen to you ๐Ÿ‘‚
  • be productive ๐Ÿ†
  • be kind to you ๐Ÿ’–

3. Encourage others ๐Ÿ‘

Team environments can be uncomfortable for a lot of people, meaning some team members might:

  • become more shy or quiet ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  • feel intimidated by other team members ๐Ÿ˜“
  • hesitate to speak up in a group ๐Ÿ™Š
  • feel outside their comfort zone ๐Ÿ˜ข

This makes it really important for you to encourage and support your team, to make sure they feel comfortable and confident to do their best work. โœจ

4. Be proactive ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ

In a team, other team members will pay close attention to how much work you take on. ๐Ÿ‘€

It’s common for arguments to arise in teams, when they don’t feel like you’re taking on enough work.

To avoid this, you can be a proactive member of the team and volunteer to take on work. ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

Being proactive can encourage others to take on work and do their bit too.

If you’re proactive and help get things done, people are more likely to see you as a positive member of the team. ๐ŸŒŸ

5. Be positive โ˜€๏ธ

Research has shown that:

So – being positive can make you smarter, and help your team to be smarter too! ๐Ÿง 

You can help your team to be more positive by:

  • celebrating successes ๐ŸŽ‰
  • complimenting team members on their good work ๐Ÿ™Œ
  • treating challenges like an opportunity to learn ๐Ÿค“
  • making time to have fun with your team ๐Ÿช…
  • helping the team to resolve conflicts ๐Ÿค

How to stay positive โ˜€๏ธ

6. Celebrate diversity ๐ŸŒ

Research shows that as humans, we tend to like people more if theyโ€™re similar to us.

Humans tend to:

  • Like things that are familiar ๐Ÿชž
  • Be scared or skeptical of things/people that are different ๐Ÿค”
  • Trust people more if we have things in common with them ๐Ÿค

In our article, “Why being different is good: 11 reasons why your differences make you valuable ๐Ÿชž” we explain how diverse teams can actually be way more successful.

If you celebrate diversity, and make an effort to work with people who are different to you, it can actually increase your chances of being a successful team!

7. Make decisions together ๐Ÿง 

In a team it can be really upsetting if you’re not included on important decisions.

When making decisions in a team, you should:

  • give everyone in the team a chance to share their view ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ
  • get “sign off” from your team before making decisions that will impact them โœ…
  • be flexible and compromise to help reach decisions in the team ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ

8. Set clear responsibilities ๐Ÿ“ƒ

It’s easy for arguments to develop when it isn’t clear who’s doing what in a team.

If responsibilities aren’t clear, important tasks could get forgotten with nobody looking after them.

When working in a team, you should:

  • agree clear responsibilities across the team ๐Ÿค
  • make sure that the whole team know each other’s responsibilities ๐Ÿ”
  • update team members if any responsibilities change ๐Ÿ”Š
  • make sure that tasks are divided up equally to avoid people getting annoyed at each other ๐Ÿฐ

9. Set clear goals ๐Ÿ†

Setting team goals can provide a clear direction for your team, making it easier to get stuff done!

In the chaos of teamwork, people can get derailed easily and end up lost doing random tasks, especially when they don’t know what their end goal is. ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ

Set clear goals and remind people of them, to help your team stay on track! ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

10. Communicate clearly ๐Ÿ”Š

One of the biggest causes of arguments in a team is when you don’t understand each other.

This makes it really important for you to communicate clearly, so that people understand you.

To make sure that you’re fully understood you can do things like:

  • Get to the point when you’re talking to people – don’t waffle! ๐ŸŽฏ
  • Keep instructions short and simple ๐Ÿ“
  • Check with team members that you’re making sense โœ…
  • Choose communication methods that give a clear message e.g. talk to people in-person rather than emailing them, so they can hear your tone of voice and understand what you mean better ๐Ÿ“ฑ

Conclusion ๐Ÿ‘

So that’s it!

To work well in a team, you should:

  1. Listen๐Ÿ‘‚
  2. Be kind ๐Ÿค
  3. Encourage others ๐Ÿ‘
  4. Be proactive ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
  5. Be positive โ˜€๏ธ
  6. Celebrate diversity ๐ŸŒ
  7. Make decisions together ๐Ÿง 
  8. Set clear responsibilities ๐Ÿ“ƒ
  9. Set clear goals ๐Ÿ†
  10. Communicate clearly ๐Ÿ”Š

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