One of the most common request from employers about job candidates is “will they work well with others”? Most employers would rather be understaffed than have someone who is disruptive to their current team. While this Inc Magazine article discussed some of the obvious bad behaviors people do, it really points to that bigger picture: How do I build a happy and productive team?
The answer comes from understanding what you want to build in the first place. If you want a pro-active, inventive team who will take risks and drive new initiatives, you are looking for team members who will, by design, bump into each other. How you manage and reward that behavior is critical to your success. On the other hand, if you want a consistent, accurate, rule following team, you can expect their conflicts to relate to who broke what rules or made what mistakes. Again, you can set and manage those expectations effectively to have a successful team.
What each example shows is that there are different types of people who will fit in to different work environments. Understanding those behavioral styles before you recruit the team will be paramount to developing successful teams.
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