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4 Essential Teamwork Skills

4 Essential Teamwork Skills

It's no secret that employers in Canada look at a potential employee’s soft skills in addition to their technical skills. In fact, soft skills are often the deciding factor on who gets hired. Knowing how to work as part of a team is an important skill to have- and worth highlighting to potential employers; they want employees who can effectively work as a part of a team to reach the organization’s common goals. That doesn’t mean you have to be the same or have the same ideas as your teammates. What then does teamwork mean?

Teamwork is about listening to others and respecting the way they work as opposed to only considering your preferred approach in when working to achieve the same goal.

Employers want employees who get along well with others. That means sometimes being a leader, sometimes a follower. Even if you work independently most of the time, you must be able to work with others effectively. Finding ways to build teams that accomplish what needs to be done in the most efficient and accurate manner is often challenging, especially when bringing together team members with diverse skill sets, and different cultural and educational backgrounds.

You can impress an employer with these important teamwork skills:

Identify Capabilities

When building a team, it's important to know the different talents, skills and capabilities each team member brings. Identifying what each team member does well and can contribute helps ensure that work is allocated in a way that takes full advantage of each individual's talents.

Get Into Your Role

When you are given a role on a team, it’s important to get into it! Be sure you know what is expected of you, and what you can expect from others. Even if the role is a new one or a stretch for you, it's key to embrace it! Use your communication skills to create open, honest dialogue with your other team members so that you are all on the same page. It's a very important step in creating a team to clarify the outline what each person’s role is.

Understand the Whole Process

Knowing your role and putting all of your effort into it's a vital part of effective teamwork. At the same time, it’s important not to get isolated in your own piece of the project. Learning the whole process not only ensures that you understand your role and accountability, but helps you know what to expect of and from others. Understanding the whole process also means that you can help a colleague if problems arise, and that your colleagues can be of assistance should you need it.

Tap into Flow

Flow is a powerful way to increase your own productivity, and the productivity of your team. You are most likely to achieve flow when you have clear goals and can focus on the process rather than the end product. Minimizing interruptions is also key to achieving flow.

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