In today’s fast paced world, you will hardly find any job within an engineering organization that requires you to work individually. When you work in a team, it is important to know that the success of your team translates to your overall success. It may not be easy to work in team, especially when the team comprises of people from different backgrounds. But at the same time, it is important to know that working in a team can be rewarding. To work well as a team, there are some things that you must know.
The success of a team largely depends on how well each member can communicate with each other. It is important to have all team members involved in the work and hence all the more important for all of you communicate. The underlying principle of team working is to take advantage of each others strengths in achieving the end result. If you cannot listen to a team member or cannot talk to another member, then you are not following the principles of effective team working.
Here are some simple tips to help you work well in a team environment:
- Understand your role in the team. Work within the boundaries of your role. If you happen to be very efficient in your work and always finish your task ahead of others, ask other members if they require help from you.
- Respect the schedule that is set for the team and contribute effectively towards meeting the deadline. If for some reason, you are not able to meet the deadline, ask for help. Others will appreciate your openness and be willing to help. This way you will be responsibile for your actions as well as not putting the team in an awkward position of missing the deadline.
- Treat other team members with respect and support them in whatever way you can. In any team discussions, always be willing to give others a chance to talk and express their opinion.
- It is always important to remember that you are part of a team and the efforts in achieving the end result are not just yours. Every member of the team has a significant role to play in making the project a success.
- If you are leader of the team or have to step into the leadership role in the absence of the team leader, ensure that the responsibilities are communicated well to all team members. The results of each member should be such that it can be measured objectively. Also it is important that you are open to listening to the issues faced by team members as well as helping them find solutions.
- Teaming is a collaborative effort towards achieving a goal. Make every team member feel wanted and motivate them to achieve the results.
- Avoid any type of gossiping or passing negative remarks about the team members. You must always remember that you require the help of teammates to ensure your success. Maintain a positive outlook always and thrash out any differences by discussing it face to face.
Following these simple principles will go a long way fostering a strong bond as well as in working well within a team environment.