Do we need to be a team player at work?
You’re looking out for the next step in your career. You log on to the various job portals, scrolling through the vacancies in the market. You read multiple job descriptions, reaching the requirements portion outlining the desired characteristics of being the ideal candidate; it reads, “Must be a strong team player”.
Employers realise the benefits of forming strong work teams as a foundation for the company’s success. Having good team dynamics at the workplace not only boosts productivity, but also ensures that morale is kept in top condition. However, being able to work in a team not only has benefits to the employers, but also the team members in question. Here are a few reasons why we really need to be a team player at work:
1. Complementing each others’ strengths and weaknesses
Aside from being a standard question in an interview, understanding your strengths and weaknesses allow your employers to gauge how you would fit into the current team make up; whether you will fill the current gap in the team for example. Additionally, tasks become more manageable when it is broken down and assigned to a member based on their strengths. Complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses will almost definitely improve competency levels and as a result, team productivity.
2. Challenging each other’s thought processes
Everybody will bring their own experiences and opinions to the table, and don’t be afraid to voice them out. Working in a team allows the stimulation of sharing ideas and finding solutions together. The importance of seeing a problem from another point of view cannot be stressed as it ensures that the issue is being examined and considered from all angles. Also, you will be richer in experience for when similar problems arise in the future.
3. Climbing the ladder
Almost everybody’s goal is to be able to manage a team some time in their career. However, to be able to lead is to first be able to follow, to be part of a team. Being in a team first allows you to develop the interpersonal skills required to effectively communicate between members, manage multiple personalities as well as learning how to use your strengths and weaknesses to contribute to team efforts.
So, are you a team player yet?
Do you have any concerns?