How to be an effective team player

Good team players are in demand in the pharmaceutical industry. Here are some tips to help you become an indispensable member of your team.

Co-operate, don’t compete
Co-operate, don’t compete with other departments and colleagues – try to be motivated by seeing your fellow team members succeed.

Be reliable
If you are asked to do something as part of a team, whether its to attend a meeting or an event – be there and don’t be late.

Be supportive
When one of your team members has worked hard, make a point of congratulating and complimenting them. You will therefore be seen as a valuable part of the team.

As a good team player, you should be willing to contribute and share the workload. Work with your team mates to make things happen.

Communicate constructively
Speak up and express your ideas and thoughts clearly, directly and with respect for your fellow team members.

Know your goals
What is the overall goal of the team? What does your team need in order to achieve these goals? Setting goals will give you and your team a means of measuring how your team is doing.

If you have a skill in a certain area – teach your fellow team members.

Listen actively
Listen first and speak second. Don’t argue and debate your team member’s comments – simply listen and then gather your thoughts and respond.

Accept conflict
Remember that conflict is normal and will often occur within groups. Disagreements will often play a vital role in forming the teams identity.

Don’t complain
A sure fire way to become unpopular within your team is to gossip about another team member behind their back. Should an issue arise, try to solve it directly with that group member.

Don’t blame others
You will lose the respect of your fellow team members if you are seen to be constantly blaming others. Pointing the finger will only make you look like a coward – so confess and explain why you missed your deadline.

Go the extra mile
Whether that means staying in the office after hours or taking on that little bit more responsibility – your team is reliant to do your clinical job, and do it well. By going the extra mile in your role, you will not only ensure the success of the team, but also gain the respect of your fellow co-workers.

Be happy
A good team player is one that people like to be around – optimistic and positive people are attractive and their energy can be infectious. Actively encourage team members to celebrate the achievements of the team and to learn from any set-backs.


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