Teamwork a Needed Skill for Employees

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Teamwork a Needed Skill for Employees


Byline: Doyle Young

"I'm a team player."

Almost every resume or job interview today includes assurances by the applicant that they possess excellent teamwork skills. Savvy job seekers are aware that employers are looking for team players.

ACT research shows that employers rank teamwork among the top skills needed in most jobs. However, saying that you're a team player doesn't necessarily make you one.

We've all worked with people who were uncooperative, divisive and critical of others. I know of a middle-level manager who, when approached by an employee with a problem, would react by saying, "Life is tough and then you die." This manager was fired repeatedly at various companies but always turned up in other positions of authority, only to be fired again in a short while.

A public relations manager complained to me that some people at his ad agency wouldn't speak to staff members whom they didn't like and even failed to pass on important messages from clients.

Employees who can't work productively with others sabotage morale, productivity and ultimately, the success of the organization. But these people rarely believe that they have a problem with teamwork skills.

Being a true team player in the workplace means sharing a common goal and sharing responsibility to achieve that goal. Virtually every worker at some point will be in a team situation - but not everyone has the skills needed to succeed as part of a team.

Employers that help employees develop and utilize teamwork skills create a more successful work force and a more profitable bottom line.

How can employers help their workers become more successful team players?

- Make teamwork part of the company values statement. …

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