Being a good employee is about a lot more than just showing up on time, being independent and getting your work done. To be a good employee, you have to work well with others, too.
So, what does it take to be a team player? Management psychologist Dr. Karissa Thacker said it's all about consistency and communication.
"Good employees and co-workers listen first, then speak," Thacker said. "Being a good co-worker comes down to frequently communicating with others, and the quality of your communication with others."
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"There are a few jobs in which you can work independently and be successful," Thacker said. "However, in a modern organization, regardless of size, your success comes down to your ability to solve problems and get stuff done in partnership with others."
How can you tell if you're a good co-worker? Take Dr. Thacker's quiz to find out. Simply answer "true" or "false" to each statement, and add up your score at the end.
1. __________ My colleagues have sought me out for advice or counsel within the last three months.
2. __________ I have received unsolicited positive feedback from my boss and/or my co-workers within the last three months.
3. __________ I have proactively responded to negative feedback from co-workers by changing behaviors within the last three months.
4. __________ I can cite three examples in which I have proactively sought the perspectives of colleagues who I knew would see an issue from a different viewpoint.
5. __________ I take the time to say "good job" to my coworkers when I am impressed.
6. __________ I show up on time for meetings and conference calls.
7. __________ I respond to emails within 24 hours.
8. __________ I am actively working to keep my knowledge current in my primary area of expertise.
9. __________ I am aware of the three most important objectives for my group and focus on those three daily.
10. __________ I have proactively asked my boss for feedback in a casual situation.
Scoring: Each "true" response is worth 10 points, out of a possible 100 total. By that measure, a 90 is an A, an 80 is a B, a score of 70 is a C, and so on.