importance of team work to working life

3: How well do you work in teams and what skills do you need for success in a post pandemic world? All sections
‘Finding and keeping a good team is amongst chief executives’ most highly rated ingredients of success (Taylor and Humphrey, 2002).
Despite the importance of team work to working life, few people develop outstanding team skills. Team players are usually well-appreciated by both employers and colleagues. On the other hand, our natural self-interest in our own needs, moods, beliefs, wants and feelings can make it very easy for us to sabotage the teams or groups that we find ourselves in.
Reflect on your observation of teams in the workplace you’ve been placed in (either one that you’ve been working in directly, or one that you’ve observed in action).
Identify both the positive and negative behaviours that you’ve observed. Be honest, which of the behaviours have you demonstrated? What can you do to improve your own contributions to groups and teams?
In addition consider the post pandemic business requirements in what will become ‘COVID Normal’. Abigail Hess of CNBC suggest what skills workers should pick up right now in particular Communication Many experts emphasized that post-pandemic jobs will require both hard technical skills and soft skills. For instance, Alyssa Merwin, vice president of Linkedln Sales Solutions says that as more and more sales professionals work primarily online without traditional face-to-face meetings, they will need even stronger listening and empathy skills. “Active listening, problem-solving, critical thinking and relationship-building are the top skills and attributes required for performing sales professionals today,” says Merwin. Vivek Ravisankar, CEO of HackerRank, a technical recruiting platform, agrees that soft skills will become more important in the years ahead.
“With less human interaction in the physical world, the ability to clearly communicate with one another in more succinct, caring ways will be more in demand. Most of our communication will be via video conferencing, phone or written communications, so people need to start honing their skills in these areas to be effective remote workers,” says Ravisankar. “Emotional intelligence and social intelligence will also be highly valued, as we will all need to learn to be more empathetic and understanding of technical difficulties, miscommunications and ‘crossed wires’ when communicating with one another. These types of soft skills will be complementary to ‘hard skills,’ not a replacement for them.”
While it may seem counter-intuitive to learn inter-personal skills such as these digitally, classes that teach emotionally intelligent communication techniques are among some of the most popular online courses 0 .
“Communication is one of those skills that’s universal,” explains Emily Poague, vice president of Linkedln Learning. “It’s something that everyone feels like they need to
work on.
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