Important Teamwork Skills That Employers Value

Important Teamwork Skills That Employers Value

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1. Communication

Being a good team member means clearly communicating your ideas with the group. You must be able to convey information via phone, email, and in person. You want to make sure your tone is always professional but friendly.  Both verbal and nonverbal communication are important when working within a group setting.

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2. Conflict Management

An important teamwork skill is being able to mediate problems between team members.  You need to be able to negotiate with your team members to settle disputes and make sure everyone is happy with the team’s choices.

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3. Listening

Another important part of communication is listening. You must be able to listen to the ideas and concerns of your peers to be an effective team member.  By asking questions for clarification, demonstrating concern, and using nonverbal cues, you can show your team that you care and that you understand their ideas or concerns.

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4. Reliability

You want to be a reliable team member so that your coworkers can trust you with time-sensitive tasks and company information.  Make sure you stick to deadlines and complete any assigned work. This will help you gain your colleagues’ trust.

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5. Respectfulness

People will be more open to communicating with you if you convey respect for them and their ideas.  Simple actions like using a person's name, making eye contact, and actively listening when a person speaks will make your team members feel appreciated.

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