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When it comes to business and careers, teamwork is essential for success.

Every business is built and run by teams of people who have to work together to achieve success. The most profitable businesses are those who have fantastic team players working towards shared goals. Every person should make an impact and be a vital cog in the company machine.

The good news is that teamwork is a skill that all of us can develop and while it may come more naturally for some, there’s always room for improvement.

Do you want to make an impact on your team? These are the key traits you need in order to be an effective team player:

1. Being positive

Have you ever had to work with someone who is consistently negative and thinks that every obstacle is impossible to overcome? If have, you probably found that you were starting to feel down and negative yourself. That’s because moods are contagious!

Positivity is vital in a team environment and it helps to keep everyone feeling motivated. Being positive not only affects your own work, but also the work of your team and others around you. Whatever happens, do your best to stay positive and others will love having you on their team.

2. Communicating well

Some of us are natural communicators who love to chat away with our colleagues. Some of us shy away from making chit-chat. Most of us are capable of communicating well but we don’t always strike the right balance.

A strong team player always keeps communication open and honest with their colleagues. While you may be tempted to keep your head down and squirrel away at your own tasks, keeping others in the loop with what you are doing will improve team efficiency and promote trust. Trust is vital for every team!

3. Showing respect

A team cannot function well if the members do not show mutual respect. Egos should be put to one side and everyone should be treated equally. Team spirit comes first!

There are a number of key ways that you can show your team members respect. These include:

  • Listening to what they have to say
  • Arriving at meetings on time
  • Doing your fair share of the workload
  • Being prepared
  • Focusing on the team’s goals as opposed to your own

4. Being dedicated

It’s important to show that you are committed to your team. In order for your team members to really trust and value you, they need to believe that you are on board for the long haul. While you can’t predict where you will be in the future, showing that you care about the team’s long-term goals will establish trust. If your colleagues think that you are just there for the paycheck, they won’t value your input.

If you want to really show your dedication you should:

  • Come up with innovative ideas to help your team and improve the business
  • Invest time and energy in building rapport with your colleagues
  • Make an effort to go the extra mile

5. Demonstrating willingness

Are you willing to help your team members? You should be! While it can be tempting to put your head down and crack on with your workload, when others come to you for help you should try your best to assist them. Being generous with your time and knowledge will mean a lot to your team.

If you are willing to help others, they will also be more willing to help you. Bear in mind that if you keep to yourself, others may not be forthcoming when you need assistance.

6. Being adaptable

Adaptability is a great skill to have whether you’re working by yourself or in a team. Change happens all of the time, some good and some bad. The thing about change is that it isn’t always something that we control and this is especially true at work.

If you can be ready for change and adapt quickly your whole team will benefit. If some of your colleagues are not as flexible as you, you will be able to support them through changes and bring positive vibes to your team.

Bringing it all together

If you can develop these 6 traits you will make a big impact on your team. Being a good team player will help you to be more successful and progress at work, so don’t underestimate the power of teamwork.


By Jennifer Tait

  • As a Global IT director with General Motors, it’s critical that I source high calibre technical candidates every time. ERS bring such a level of confidence and integrity to the pipeline of candidates that distinguishes them from everyone else in the market. ERS is about relationship building, getting to know our company, our management team and our requirements. They assist tailoring job specifications to ensure the widest range of candidates are attracted to the job profiles. ERS hands on screening of candidates means that we have an excellent ratio of interviews to job offers and subsequently, shorter ramp-up cycles, improved business value, increased efficiency and low attrition. Candidates are not just screened based on their CVs, ERS invests a lot of time to get to know the candidates and this profiling gets best results, both for my teams and for the prospective candidates. Our local team has hired successfully through ERS from multiple countries which means our teams are also very diverse in their skills, experiences and cultures. The technical roles filled range from Senior managers, Architects, Java developers, Mainframe, Middleware, SAP, High-performance computing, Mobile Development, Infrastructure, scrum masters and a wide range of global operational roles. Global IT Director General Motors

  • ERS, part of the Casseo Group were engaged on a critical programme aimed at further enhancing Dell’s renowned Supply Chain model for outbound logistics in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). The ERS team immediately “hit the ground running” and added immense value in augmenting the internal Dell IT team seeking to expedite this critical project.  They brought a strategic and realistic view of the possibilities for the project, as well as a professional focus on delivery of a quality product to agreed timescales.  They managed a wide range of internal relationships, as well as cementing the external commitments needed from Dell’s partners to make the project a reality.  Throughout the project life cycle, they always brought a practical perspective to the table when wrestling with a complex project, and executed creative and innovative solutions to ensure success. A very worthwhile partnership which I would eagerly recommend to those in search of external expertise and commitment in meeting their project commitments. Dell

  • GE Financial Insurance (now Genworth Financial) engaged ERS as part of the Casseo group, to assist in the delivery of a complex cross-functional project. The project entailed managing the IT Infrastructure and providing IT Support to assists a dedicated debtor recovery team that was set up specifically for the project. Based in Birmingham, ERS leveraged excellent project management and technical skills to quickly win the confidence of the local team. Over a period of time, ERS as part of the Casseo group worked hand-in-hand with this team to deliver an outstanding result where significant more debts were recovered than had been thought possible.  I have no hesitation in recommending ERS and the Casseo Group. Programme Manager, Genworth Financial

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