March 1, 2010

Working together at

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Working well as a team

Working well as a team

At teamwork is valued highly. The most effective way to accomplish this result is when the people involved synchronize their contributions and efforts towards a common goal. With mutual support, a sense of ownership towards their roles, and by collaborating in using their talents and experiences, each member contributes to the success of the team.  The relations of the members must be based on trust, honesty  and respect. Every person’s point of view should be heard, their skills acknowledged. Conflict should be recognized as part of human nature and treated as an opportunity to hear new ideas and opinions. Each member should be allowed to participate equally in the decision-making process but also understand that the leader might need to make the final decision.

Steps towards accomplishing this goal:

  • Clarify team roles and support flexibility.
  • Clarify priorities and deadlines.
  • Discuss changes.
  • Be aware of each other’s workload.
  • Recognize and acknowledge each other’s efforts.
  • Improve physical environment and comfort.
  • Develop communication, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Encourage your coworkers to be active and incorporate some exercise in the daily routine.
  • Pay attention to your own needs and feelings.  Pay attention to the feelings and needs of others.
  • Make connections – good relationships with coworkers are important.
  • Accept help – support from those around you can help reduce stress.
  • Priorities – set realistic goals and take small steps to deal with tasks one at a time.
  • Keep things in perspective –  avoid blowing events out of proportion.
  • Take action – make a decision to address the underlying cause of the stress.
  • When mistakes are made, be forgiving and compassionate – towards yourself as well as others.