Be a Team Player but Don’t Get Run Over

September 29th, 2016

You would consider yourself a team player, right? But there is more to this soft skill than just playing nice with others. A team player doesn’t have to be a doormat to gain the respect of coworkers. In fact, it is critical to understand what you should and shouldn’t do as a productive member of the team. Before you make any decisions as the member of a team that can impact your ability to do your job, consider these ways to avoid becoming a pushover.

Fully understand your job and responsibilities.

Before your co-workers can take advantage of you, they must be able to perceive the cracks in your armor. The best way to avoid these cracks is to know your job and responsibilities backward and forwards. This way, you can’t be bullied into handling something that is out of your realm of responsibility. You can prepare for your response if you are ever put in a position to do something you’re not designed for or permitted to handle. Be able to point them in the right direction.

Know when to say yes and when to say no.

There will be times throughout your career when you’ll have to decide the advantages of saying yes as well as saying no. There may be occasions where saying yes to something you wouldn’t typically do could be a strategic move on your part. But there will be other times that saying no will be more beneficial. Learn the difference for your specific career path and be able to make those decisions on the fly.

Don’t back down when you take a stand.

It is important that when you say no, you stick to your convictions. There is a reason you’re not willing to do handle this aspect of the business and if you give in, you’ll only invite more opportunities for coworkers to take advantage of you. This is why it is important to pick your battles right and know when you should be taking a stand and when it make sense to let it go.

Acknowledge when helping others affects you negatively.

What is important to do is understand when helping others will negatively affect your performance, long-term goals, or social interactions at the company. It is okay to help others in your workplace, but it becomes challenging when this help is at your own expense. Let someone know that you would like to help them, but you may not be their best resource and offer to provide them with better options.

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