All of us want to be a contributing member to our team and organization. However, if we are not careful, we may succumb to lack of motivation which will make our work life difficult. For the most part, we want our workplace and the relationships to include fairness, supportiveness, and consistency. Achieving this state is a team effort that involves managers as well.
Here are my suggestions.
1. Fundamentals – We can contribute to the team effort asking for clarity of our roles, making an effort to anticipate team members’ needs, keeping the team leader well informed so that positive working relationships will develop and persist.
2. Time Management – Today, workloads seem to increase and the time to fulfill those decreases. Encourage discussions to critique various techniques within your control, discover where you can deviate and prioritize certain tasks or functions. This brainstorming may help to eliminate a few “time guzzlers.”
3. Problem Solving – To the extent allowable, become a problem solver in your team leaders’ absence. This will build your confidence as well as the confidence that that others have in you. An additional benefit is that this initiative will broaden the scope of your role and lead to increased organizational responsibility.
4. Pressure – Pressure is going to occur in the workplace. If the pressure is unreasonable, you may have to learn to say ‘No’ politely. You may need to ask your team leader to help you to prioritize your revised or additional workload. To the extent possible, control and not display any negative emotions resulting from events at work. You may not agree with certain actions or decisions, but try to select an appropriate time to calmly and rationally discuss the issues with your team leader.
5. Team Leader’s Style
To work well with your team leader, learn how he/she works. Determine what is expected so you can fulfill expectations and anticipate what is next. Identify and adopt communication styles regarding verbal, memos and written reports.
Take responsibility for developing your relationship with team members and the leader. Even under the most challenging circumstances, you can find at least one person that manages to get along with the most difficult member or leader. Figure out how they do it so that you can too. Keep in mind that no one is difficult all the time and all of us are difficult some of the time. Finally, use every tool and technique to your advantage.
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