How to Work Well with OthersApril 21, 2019
Probably more people than you know spend the majority of their life and time working with others in an employment-related situation. And these people don’t get to pick who their co-workers are. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to get along with others. This can lead to all kinds of difficult situations, making it almost impossible to get through the day successfully.
Working well with others is crucial in any situation. It is even more important in a workplace environment. Why? It boils down to things like efficiency, productivity and employee morale… just to name a few. The size of the company or business you work for really doesn’t matter. The rules are basically the same if you work with one other person or 1,000. Each individual deserves the same level of consideration.
During your job search, have you ever noticed the phrase “must work well with others” in the job description or on the application? If so, there’s a very good reason for this. Employers do not want to hire individuals who don’t work well with others. It typically causes problems right from the beginning.
Benefits of Working Well with Others
Teamwork is a wonderful thing. It may take everyone a bit of time to “get into the groove.” But, when that happens, it’s beneficial to everyone involved – not to mention a success for the company. Here are a few benefits of working well with others on the job.
1. Fills Voids
Working together typically fills voids. Not everyone has the same skills or education. Teamwork allows people to contribute their separate knowledge and skills to a project or problem as a whole. It also come in extremely handy when someone is sick. If no one jumps in to do that person’s job, everything could come to a standstill until the employee feels well enough to return to work. Companies lose businesses when they are functioning at less than 100 percent.
2. Promotes Healthy Competition
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little bit of healthy competition in the workplace. This often leads to increased productivity, which is always encouraged. It’s also an excellent motivator. Many times, when co-workers see their peers doing an excellent job, they want to do all they can to match (or even outdo) the performance.
3. Fosters Conflict Resolution
No matter how well you and your teammates work together as a group, there’s always the chance of conflicts popping up now and again. There’s no set-in-stone guarantee to avoid them completely. This is partly due to the fact that employees come from different backgrounds and have different styles of doing things. It’s what makes the world and the workplace environment interesting.
When conflicts present themselves, your team is then forced to come up with a resolution that best fits the situation. This is a very good skill to have under your belt, especially for those interested in future promotion opportunities.
4. Inspires Risk-Taking
You may not think that risk-taking is something that should be attempted on the job. However, there is such a thing as “healthy” risk-taking. Think of it like this. If you were working on a project by yourself and that project somehow failed, you would be responsible for the failure in its entirety.
On the other hand, if you’re working as a team, your co-workers not only share ideas – they also share in the success or failure of the end result. In essence, teamwork gives everyone in the group the freedom to safely think outside of the box and really brainstorm new possibilities.
5. Boosts Efficiency
The more effectively a team of employees work together, the more work they will be able to get done. Of course, having more people means being able to put forth more efforts. But, a large team may actually get in each other’s way if they are not working together effectively. Even if you don’t work directly with a team, communicating effectively with other members of your organization helps to get things done as quickly as possible.
6. Establishes Trust
Finishing a project with co-workers does a lot to build a relationship with them. Once they actually help you to get things done, you will know that you will be able to rely on them again in the future. This feeling of trust will give you a level of safety that will make it much easier to work and share ideas with your co-workers.
On the other hand, if members of the team don’t trust each other, they can make decisions that are not good for the business in the long run. They may feel that they are the only members of the team that can actually get the job done, and therefore try to do the whole thing themselves. This could lead to a serious drop in efficiency, and potentially even bigger problems if the added strain causes this employee to make a mistake.
In any job, two of the most important traits to possess are diligence and honesty. As long as you exhibit both of these qualities, there’s a good chance you will succeed and, better yet, feel good about doing so. Just like there is no perfect employee, there is also no perfect job or set of co-workers. There will probably be times you feel frustrated by both, which is perfectly natural. During those periods, do all you can to remain positive about the situation.
Being positive is a choice you make. It does not only hinge on the good things that happen to you. If you remain positive even when things are not the best, your co-workers will be more likely to pick up on your attitude and try to match it. Some people are more introverted and prefer to work alone. If you fall into this category, that’s fine too. As long as you can find work you are happy doing, that is the most important thing.
By practising some of the suggestions given above, you may slowly find yourself becoming a little more extroverted. If and when that happens and you find yourself feeling more comfortable around people, it may be time to make an attempt to expand your employment horizons. This new feeling of confidence won’t happen overnight. But, with practice and patience, you may eventually find yourself wanting to work with others. And, there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.