How to Become a Team Player?

TEAMWORK is the key to every success. SUCCESS is the product of teamwork.

  1. Commitment to the team. Strive to achieve the best for the whole team. Be there when needed and make every second of your ‘seat time’ worth it. Make a commitment to your self-brand.
  2. Flexibility at all costs. A team player must be flexible. Your being part of the team does not stop when your tasks for the day are done. You toil as others work without hesitation, looking for ways to improve and adjust when needed without murmuring of exhaustion or stress.
  3. Get Involved. Don’t stay in the shadows for too long. Exert effort to learn and share new ideas with your teammates in order to improve. 
  4. Reliable and Responsible. An excellent team player is both reliable and responsible. You are expected to deliver a completed task assigned to you. Get tasks done, not necessarily in the order they were given but in order of priority. Unsure of priorities? Ask your supervisor.
  5. Be a good listener. A team player must learn to listen first before making objections. As you listen to other team players’ ideas, think. Make sure not to gather up questions on how to trample down the idea but consider why they believe it in the first place.
  6. Credit always goes to the team. Promotion is a good thing to plan but overthinking it may get you to end up losing more. Once the team is successful all the team players will be benefitted.
  7. Always help. We have a description for our jobs upon getting hired but those descriptions do not set out restrictions about helping your teammates. In a team, we’re family. We can reach out if we notice one of the team members is struggling to do some tasks. Let us progress together, as a team.
  8. We can both support and respect for each other. We must be careful how we treat others. Let us always check ourselves and our teammates. We must be cautious about how we act and make sure we do not make fun of another teammate’s expense. When we have fun, let’s encourage other teammates instead, to keep the friendship going. Remember that respect begets respect.
  9. Problem solver, not a trouble-maker. While your superior might always have solutions for the team’s problems, that should not stop you from giving out suggestions as well. 
  10. Know the red signs. A reliable team player must be able to see through the red signs. Alam the whole team if the idea you are all working on is going down the drain. Immediately back off from it, offer some good suggestions or solutions, as a good team player should.

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