How many times have you heard the phrase "Be a team player"? It can be frustrating when a manager uses that phrase to shame an employee into being more cooperative. If that happens, call it out... or better yet, "call it in" by addressing it privately, rather than confrontationally.
But, aside from that, there is power in being connected to your colleagues and letting them know that you are on the same team. It engenders trust and respect, and it helps keep office interactions smooth and positive.
Here are some ways to contribute in a positive way to your workplac eculture.
Communication is the key to relationships and it is no different in the office. Whether it is your manager, a teammate, or someone who works in a different department entirely, be honest but respectful in your feedback, questions, and ideas.
Keep in mind that gossip and negativity is incredibly hurtful, inappropriate and unproductive in the workplace. Clear and consistent communication will avoid mistakes and misunderstandings.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and give productive feedback. Hopefully you also feel comfortable to pitch new ideas. If not, tell someone that’s the case.
Those who are open-minded are much more approachable. In the same way that you like to know who to turn to when you need assistance, make sure others know they can come to you.
Be thoughtful and considerate in your reactions to questions and new ideas that are brought to the table. This helps create a much more productive culture where people can work together towards common goals and expectations.
Activities that are organized for you and your coworkers are meant to help build relationships. Even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone to attend something like a sponsored outing, an office pool regarding local sporting events, a team lunch, or office-wide incentive or recognition programs, I encourage you to do so!
This helps you to get to know the people that you work with and lets others know that it’s a priority to build relationships. These kinds of activities allow you to get to know others in a more laid-back manner.
If there isn’t something that truly sparks your interest, then start something that does! Chances are there is someone else who can relate and would be interested in getting involved, too.
Being a “team player” at work doesn’t have to be about conformity, it can be about camaraderie and fun. Who doesn’t want that?