BE A GOOD TEAMMATE AT YOUR WORKPLACE

teamwork


One of the most valuable life skills athletes at any level develop is teamwork. Teamwork is a characteristic that helps athletes in their post-athletic career to better work with others. Learning how to work well with others will ultimately help your career in many ways. Most job descriptions include some requirement or expectation that an employee must work well with others. Furthermore, being able to work well with others in the workplace can eventually lead to getting positive reviews, favorable recommendations for other jobs and possibly even getting noticed for leadership positions.

As an athlete you have already had to work well with your teammates in order to reach common goals and be successful as a team. That same overall principle is applied to just about any workplace. In the workplace you will be faced with a variety of personalities, age groups, as well as individuals with varying professional goals. Understanding your workplace culture and implementing good habits that can help you work well in your workplace is crucial.

In his article "30 Simple Habits to Work Well With Others," Joshua Steimle provides us with 30 habits that when applied to the workplace can help us become better at working well with others. While many of the recommended habits should be common sense, Steimle explains "Many of these items might seem like small things, but getting just a few wrong—or right—can be the difference between keeping a job and getting fired, getting a promotion or staying where you’re at, progressing at work or standing still, and developing rewarding relationships at work or feeling like a loser."

Several of the habits Steimle lists, pertain to simple courtesy that your co-workers will appreciate and probably expect including: maintaining good personal hygene, being on time to meetings, putting your phone away while talking to others and not interrupting others while they are talking. Additionally, several of the other habits listed center around communication, including prompt response to emails (if you have a hard time with responding to emails considering using an app such as Boomerang to help you) and double checking your emails (Grammarly is an excellent tool to help you with your email grammar), displaying good body language while communicating, having honest but tactful communication, learning when to say "no" but also knowing when to say "yes."

Overall, just remember the things that made you a good teammate and apply the same concept to the workplace.

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