How to Work Together More Effectively . . .
- with a new employee
- on a team
- in conflict
- with a tough boss
Learn to foster a team oriented work environment that increases productivity, profitability and efficiency. Happy employees
are more productive employees. As the team sees higher productivity, the practice will recognize more success. We'll explore
realistic team scenarios as we learn to work together more effectively.
The New Employee
Determine how a job, position, or role needs to be fulfilled. It begins with good planning. Define behavioral expectations
for specific roles. This helps employees to understand your expectations. And, it is ideal for management coaching, performance
review support, team building and personal development.
When employees understand role expectations and are provided with proper training and a supportive environment, they can meet
the needs of the practice. Be specific with your expectations. Provide an environment that is positive and encouraging of
Adjust your style for each co-worker, according to what works for them:
- Direct, to the point and results oriented
- Friendly and emotionally honest
- Relaxed, agreeable, cooperative and appreciative
- Minimize socializing, give details and value accuracy
Each team member is motivated by a different style of behavior. Learn what motivates each individual and be effective in working
with each person by adjusting your style of behavior to meet their needs. This is a fun challenge, and the rewards are a peaceful
Treat people the way that they like to be treated!
Wouldn't it be great to have NO conflict in your work environment? This is a wonderful thought, but quite unrealistic in the
regular work day. We will discuss how we each behave in conflict:
- DEMAND – goal: victory
- EXPRESS – goal: acknowledgement
- COMPLY – goal: harmony
- WITHDRAW – goal: justice
Provide "Open Door" blocks of time. Provide a safe and supportive environment for communication. Encourage employees to describe
how things could be better. Listen. Empathize. Consider the conflict. Take a moment to hear issues. Ask how can we make this
a better workplace? Create a solution oriented atmosphere.
Criticism is more valuable than praise! "Thank you for bringing this to my attention."
A Tough Boss
The boss has a great impact on the work environment. She affects the team attitude and productivity daily. What can you do
to create a more harmonious environment when the boss is a tough boss? Often, there are things that can be done to work with
a tough boss. First, we seek to understand.
Understand the goals and priorities for your boss. Does the boss avoid conflict? Does the boss have such high expectations
that they can not be met? Does the boss talk too much in the examination room, that the clients in the lobby suffer long wait
times? Or, does your boss act as a raging bull, catching team members doing things wrong and publicly announcing inadequacies?
Each of these bosses can be a challenge. We can work more effectively with each style of boss, by better understanding, appreciating
and valuing their role of effectiveness on the team.