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The more complicated a piece of equipment, the more time and support it takes to put it together. Often, when assembling equipment like a scaffold, the job requires more than one person. In other words, it requires teamwork.

Teamwork isn’t just needed on the job site, but in other areas of life as well. For example, buckling a sugar-charged child into a car seat: “You grab the arms and legs and I’ll get the buckle!” It’s a noble team working task!

Commitment to teamwork helps all our relationships in life. It’s a skill developed through effort, practice, and cooperation. Working with imperfect people sometimes means you’ll have an uneven workload. But even if your team member doesn’t share as much of the workload as you, try to remember the following keys to team success:

  • Encourage tactful communication with your teammates. Be courteous – not aggressive or annoyed. If things get heated, take a step back.
  • Understand your teammates’ preferences when making decisions and resolve to compromise when needed to get the job done.
  • Address accountability issues kindly, don’t just ignore them.
  • Delegate responsibility evenly among the team, recognizing that sometimes the actual workload will vary.
  • Celebrate each success and build each other up even when mistakes happen.
  • Be the first to step up, even if your coworker doesn’t return the courtesy, and treat them the way you want to be treated.

By Amanda Helt

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