5 Key Qualities of Team Players in the Workplace

During a job interview, we all know how important it is to portray ourselves as a true team player.  It’s a question we have come to expect, and rarely would anyone think of answering it negatively.  However, once we’ve landed the position, we must live up to our original promise without forgetting how to actually be a team player.

team-players-in-the-workplace-teamwork-drawing-collageEmployees with a team player attitude consistently place the advantages and objectives of the group ahead of their own individual circumstances. While we may know and understand the meaning of being an effective team player, it’s possible we may sometimes forget the essentials of what goes into being a productive and supportive part of the sum total.

Therefore, as employees, what qualities must we exhibit for our superiors to notice us for the team players we truly are?

1. Flexibility

Being schedule-oriented is part of being an organized, efficient employee.  However, when unforeseen circumstances call for a deviation from the norm in order to reach a new or unanticipated goal, then it’s important to be able to adapt to changeable conditions in order to support the rest of the group.  Team players are also open to new ideas and strategies that are not their own, realizing that rigidity and inflexibility are counterproductive.

2. Dependability

Any team is really only as effective as its weakest member, and this holds emphatically true in the workplace.  An employee who is timely, meets deadlines, picks up slack for less efficient colleagues, and is an overall dependable worker, will be perceived in an extremely positive light by their employer, and ultimately as an effective team player.

3. Neutrality

Most offices experience a certain amount of “politics” between coworkers at one time or another.  Employees who can steer clear of issues that don’t directly affect the fundamental objective of the organization are showing good teamwork.  This means avoiding trivial rivalries with others and not taking sides with those who do partake.  By showing your employer you have the ability to work without conflict, you are presenting yourself as a dedicated team player.

4. Honestyteam-players-in-the-workplace-group-of-diversified-professionals-at-work

While working conflict-free is necessary, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t express constructive opinions in a professional manner.  Employers appreciate workers who provide honest feedback and sensible suggestions, especially if a situation is not working the way it should.  By offering your ideas on how a lacking circumstance could be improved, you are not only demonstrating effectual communication and trouble-shooting skills, but you are showing that you truly care about the end result, as any real team player should.

5. Loyalty

A committed team player is supportive of their colleagues and respectful of views differing from their own.  While we all enjoy praise and accolades for a job well-done, a loyal team player is encouraging to the rest of the group, and not afraid to let them shine.  Effective collaboration is non-competitive, and occurs when all gears are in motion; therefore, your partners’ success will reflect positively on you, and vice versa.

By Fred Coon, CEO


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