Being successful at work is about more than just your own personal achievements at a company – it’s about working well together with others. After all, this is how you contribute to the success of a company, which is the whole reason you are there. And being a team player at work is about more than just collaborating on projects (this is, after all, your job), it’s also about your attitude and the gestures you make to convey that you’re a part of the team. Integrate a few of the following pointers into your routine in order to collaborate more with your fellow workers.
Volunteer for Projects
There are always those projects that will come up at work that require a few more helping hands. So even if said project doesn’t exactly fall under your job description, offer to help out if the team needs some extra manpower. You’ll really help out your coworkers, people will appreciate your efforts, and you might learn something new that can help you out in your own work.
Offer to Help a Coworker
If you sense that a coworker is falling behind on their work or that they’re going to be staying late that evening working on a big project, ask them if there’s anything you can do to lighten the load. It’s often better for the company if the project is finished more quickly, and you may help that coworker catch something that they might have missed in the anxiety of tackling such a large task in the first place.
Go to Lunch
Some people like to use their lunch breaks as a chance to run errands, catch up on emails or phone calls, or get away from the office for an hour; but make it a point at least once a week or a few times a month to sit down and talk with your coworkers over a meal. You may find that the peers who are high-strung throughout the rest of the day are really neat people during their down time when they aren’t thinking of the work at hand.
Take Part in Company Activities
Whether it’s a potluck, a birthday celebration, or an office contest, try to get involved in company activities when these come up. If your office is part of a recreational softball league but you just aren’t athletic, show your support by cheering on your coworkers from the stands. Taking part in the extracurricular activities of your office makes work more enjoyable for you, as well as endears you more to your coworkers, who may work more productively with you as a result.
Not everyone is a natural socialite, but even if you are shy or new to the company, there are still ways to be a team player. Ultimately, your coworkers will appreciate your efforts, and will reach out to you more as a result.
Time for a good ol’ group hug!
The Doostang Team