What does it take to make a good team?

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As seen on many an aspirational, optimism-driven poster, the mantra ‘teamwork makes the dream work’ may seem nothing more than a positive rhyme for offices and workplaces everywhere.

But behind the pseudo-motivational language lies a lesson of co-operation and collaboration which can achieve real change and real results.

Here, at The Channel Islands Co-op, we’re all about teamwork and co-operation. After all, it is in our name. But what does it really take to make a good team and achieve a vision of making a real difference to our local communities?

The power of communication

Communication within a team is one of the core skills towards success. It is the basis for whether a team can achieve goals or keep repeating the same mistakes. Being able to communicate efficiently and effectively can mean that problems can be shared and solutions found.

Knowing your goal

Things are always easier when things are moving in the same direction. By having an objective and a plan of action to reach it, many of the obstacles and potential issues can be overcome. If you and your team are aware of the end goal, then working together to achieve the aim can be much simpler and possibly even quicker.

Understanding your role

As important as it is to know your goal, it is also valuable to know your role within a team. Whether it is being a team leader or supporting in an assistant role, being aware of your responsibility within a team can help to keep a smooth workflow. In opposition to the thought that a team should have a strictly defined manager/worker split, it is more about focusing on working to a team’s strengths to best achieve the goal.

Diversity and inclusion

At the Co-op, we appreciate that everyone is an individual and that they bring their own unique skills and talents to our organisation. It is what makes us the Co-op that we are. We are a local business proud of our diverse team. We want to be open to ideas, views and opinions which are different from our own or that challenge us to re-think what we believe. Through diversity, we find progress and an appreciation of new, inventive ideas and thoughts.

Bringing a sense of fun

A large percentage of our adult lives are at work so why not let there be a sense of fun where you work? It is about building upon those relationships with others, who you may not have otherwise known, and bringing your own sense of personality and skill to a team. There will always be times in the workplace that require a degree of professionalism or level-headedness, but there will also be occasions to let your character shine through and help to unite a team.

Ready for a career with your Co-op

If you are looking for a job where you can be part of a team and work for an organisation where belonging is everything, why not consider a job at The Channel Islands Co-op? Right now, we have a range of vacancies and are also looking to bring together a brilliant team for our new store at Co-op Five Oaks.

If you think you could be the perfect piece to our Co-op Five Oaks team, get in touch with us today by emailing jobs@channelislands.coop or by contacting us through our website –channelislands.coop/careers.

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