Most of us enjoy watching or even playing our favorite sports with our friends. But what about your team members in the office? Whether it’s a large assignment or a work-related task, it’s important to use all the resources at your disposal to be a successful team player. The most resourceful tools around you are your co-workers.
Some of us don’t like to take advise or are just too lazy to listen to our co-workers. Here are signs of what a bad team player looks like:
Not sharing your challenges with your team
Many of us hit walls when it comes to working on assignments or tasks. We run out of ideas or find difficulty in the process. Challenges or obstacles are common at work and they are bound to come at every step. Sharing your challenges on a one-on-one basis with your team leader or in a group ‘brain storming’ session will help create solutions and get you moving forward.
Not taking advise on defining your goals
Goals help us to stay focused and on track. If your goals are blurred, unachievable, or unrealistic, then you are likely aiming for disappointment. We should not take advise on our goals out of fear or rejection. Taking advise from our more experienced team leaders and teammates through clear questions and dialogue will help solidify concrete SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound) goals. Your team members and mentors can help give you actionable ideas on how to enhance your goals and become more successful in the workplace. Asking your team for support will improve your overall productivity as a team player in the office.
Not following the leader
Remember the movie Remember the Titans? If it wasn’t for the direction and leadership of Coach Boone (Denzel Washington), the team (in my opinion) wouldn’t have succeeded. We tend to disagree with our bosses and team leaders, and that’s fine. Voicing our concerns in a healthy manner will help ease tensions. I encourage you to share your ‘counter-thoughts’ with them. The outcome may even be constructive in making your teamwork assignment a success!