Team Member Challenges: Are You the Problem?
In the following article, Lewis Daidone discusses unhealthy team member dynamics, and how to tell when you’re contributing to the problem.
Working collaboratively can be a challenge for many. When teamwork is essential to project completion, it is important to have strong interpersonal skills to facilitate the effort. Unfortunately, even those with great people-skills find themselves challenged with workplace drama and conflicts. Very often, the core problem isn’t what causes the friction; it’s a person’s response to it. Here’s how you can identify if you are contributing to workplace tension.
You don’t voice or address your concerns at the beginning.
When you see a project heading off track, do you stay silent rather than voicing your concerns?
Do you notice a colleague behaving in an inappropriate or disrespectful manner, but don’t say anything because you would rather just let the moment pass and hope that it doesn’t become a problem?
If you know that there’s an issue, do not be afraid to speak up in a compassionate and unambiguous manner. Quietly hoping that a problem goes away has never solved anything.
You behave in a passive aggressive manner.
Do you disagree with project directives, or with a coworker, or with anything work related for that matter, and do nothing about it except allow yourself to be irritated? You might not be the root of the problem, but you may be the fertilizer that allows it to grow and flourish.
You create complaint cliques.
It can be satisfying to air your grievances to like-minded coworkers, but you may only be exacerbating the problem. Don’t try to set your coworkers against each other or the company. Even if you don’t believe that you have bad intentions, your behavior could gradually erode confidence in the organization, create an unpleasant work environment and may even negatively affect other people’s opinion of you.