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How to be a good team member

September 13, 2023

What are characteristics of being a good team member?

Show up, Participate, Communicate   

Show up:

Showing up when and where you said: This is vital. If plans are set, and you show up late or don’t attend these plans without a proper warning in advance, then it shows that you don’t respect people’s time and efforts. You also may miss out on important information needed to continue your project. So be on time!

Being a self-starter:  Though you will be doing collaborative work, each person may be assigned different tasks. To be a self starter, be someone who can start work without being told to. Even in group work you have to take initiative to get work done.


Being an active participant: In collaborative work, everyone needs to pitch in. Unequal distribution often causes disputes, miscommunication, and resentments.  Keep up with the team, and if you are having a hard time or need a break then talk to your leader or supervisor, it’s important to listen to your body.

Staying on task: It’s easy to get distracted, but staying on task is a must so that the project can be done efficiently and on time. loosing track in the middle of work can pose a safety concern.  


Being a good listener: Listening is an important part of communicating. When someone is speaking stay focused; Face the speaker and don’t interrupt. Respecting yourself and your coworkers is key to successful communication. You must treat each other with respect to keep healthy and balanced relationship with your peers. Have Empathy. Everyone has something going on. Be understanding towards your team members. It’s always better to be kind and considerate.

Giving constructive feedback:  To give constructive feedback, there are a series of things you must consider. First, don’t focus solely on the positive or negative, try to give both. Second, be specific and give suggestions. Lastly, make sure that feedback is on something that can be changed immediately. Remember to clarify your intention and chose your words wisely.

Show up, Participate, Communicate