TEAM stands for ‘together everyone achieves more’. A lot of the time, the most successful people in life, like our favourite celebs, would not have been able to get where they are without their team of people.

Working well in a team takes some skill and the right attitude. It means that sometimes you need to think about others before yourself.

We work in teams in many areas of our lives, and it is very likely you will need to be in a team at work. Being a good team player is something that future employers will want from you. Often in interviews you’ll get the question: ‘how well do you work with other people?’.

Are you prepared to work in a team?

Take a look at these resources, they’re here to help you find out what teamwork skills you have, and where you might need to work a bit harder. And remember, there’s no 'I' in team!

Working well with others to complete tasks #

Working with other people is not always easy. You must be willing to work through challenges together to get the job done. If there’s a problem in the team, or things don’t go your way, you can’t get mad and give up. You need to think about your teammates and figure out the best way forward for everyone.

Have a go at the Teamwork Questionnaire and check out the YouTube clips to see how good you are at working with others and how you could be better.

Contributing to developing new ideas or approaches #

If you want to be a good at teamwork, you need to be an active team member. Your team is counting on you to share your ideas, knowledge and experience. Putting everyone’s great ideas together leads to success.

If you’re a bit stuck for ideas, take a look at this 7 Ways Of Coming Up With New Ideas article and video clip for some inspiration.


Working well with others of different genders, cultures and beliefs #

You might not always feel 100% comfortable with who you work with because they could be very different to yourself. But you can’t let that stand in the way of getting the job done. Sometimes, people get bullied and left out of the team for being different. This is not OK, and it’s important to know how to deal with it.

Try out this Working With People Different From Ourselves activity and have a read of How to Prevent Being Bullied article. They’ll help you understand how to treat others who are different to yourself at work.


Understanding authority and willing to accept guidance #

In almost every job, you’ll have a boss who shares with you how they think your job should get done. If you are not used to taking direction, responding to instructions might not be easy for you. Try to respect the experience and skill of your boss and accept their advice.

Do you have problems with authority and taking advice? This Understanding Authority And Getting Ahead activity and Responding to Guidance and Direction article have some awesome tips on how to work through this issue.