Teamwork is an essential skill to possess if you want to work well with colleagues and other members of your team. It’s an inevitable fact that you will most likely have to work as a part of team in many areas of your life; beginning in school, to university, to the workforce, to sports and all the way to mundane tasks such as cooking dinner with somebody else.
Here at 3rd Arm Admin we like to think of teamwork and our amazing team in particular as a puzzle. Everybody is their own unique puzzle piece and only when we are able to combine all those individual puzzle pieces together can we create this amazing picture we call our business. Each team member is different and possesses unique strengths and weaknesses, however, if one of our puzzle pieces is missing or not quite contributing to their maximum ability, we won’t be able to create our final picture.
Here are our top 5 teamwork skills essential to be the best puzzle piece you can be….
1. Communication, communication, communication!!!
Communication forms the basis for effective teamwork, whether you are working with your team members on a presentation or you are spearheading a new project, it’s important to talk about expectations, deadlines and responsibilities openly and honestly with your team members. Establishing open lines of communication fosters confidence and creates a positive team environment. Although there may be differences, being up front and polite about your interactions with other team members can help you overcome issues rapidly.
It’s important to have an open mind while collaborating inside a company. Recognize that members of your team may view it from a particular viewpoint and hear them out. Listening to different perspectives will help you see many sides to an issue, even those you have never heard before. This helps you to be a stronger team member, to foresee needs and problems before they emerge and to respond effectively when they do.
3. Time Management, Accountability and Responsibility
Time management, accountability and responsibility are all vital in fostering a successful team environment. Time management is essential for all areas of the team as it allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, increasing productivity and taking away the need for other team members to pick up your slack. Workplace accountability and responsibility ensures that workers are accountable for their behaviour, attitudes, work and judgements. This is often correlated with an improvement in work ethic, and productivity among workers, culminating in better efficiency.
Working with a team may often be daunting but more frequently than not, it is a wonderful opportunity to discover new thoughts, exchange diverse viewpoints and insights, and develop your own abilities. You will help promote a more successful work atmosphere by viewing each community activity as a learning opportunity. Your willingness to learn and your willingness to explore new approaches will make you a better contributor, manager or leader.
5. Critical Thinking
Through critically thinking about the problem analysing both aspects of an issue, drawing on previous encounters and listening to what other team members have to suggest – you could find a consensus that would push the team together in fresh and exciting ways.
In conclusion teamwork is part of everyday life, whether it be on a sports team, with family or friends, in a professional or personal capacity. If you demonstrate these top 5 tips you will be contributing to your team’s success. If you would like 3rd Arm Admin to be part of your virtual team please don’t hesitate to contact us on 04 2329199 or leave your details below and we will be in touch.