For most professionals, the concept of teamwork is usually synonymous with a successfully run business and culture. However, the truth is for accounting and finance professionals, many roles rely heavily on what is accomplished as an individual. Therefore, displaying teamwork can often be a challenge.
No matter your profession, working as a team is not an easy feat. In fact, often times without proper teamwork and collaboration groups can experience misunderstandings, control issues, unclear expectations or goals, ignorance of deadlines, and even overpowering personalities.
So, how can you overcome these obstacles and become a valuable asset to your team? Take a look below at the 5 Ways for Accounting and Finance Professionals to be Team Players.
1. Be a listener.
One of the most important communication skills you can have when it comes to working in a group is listening. It’s common for individuals to believe they have to be “the smartest in the room,” and use their voice more than their ears. The point of working as a team, however, is to share ideas and work as one, rather than possess multiple leaders. When you have to interact with other business units, be sure to sit back and understand your colleagues’ needs or their ideas, strengths and knowledge first, before offering your feedback. You’ll have a better chance of what you say being valued.
2. Spruce up your organization.
Believe it or not, the organization of a team shows in the work produced. In order to complete a group project effectively, everyone has to be on the same page with understanding what needs to be done and when it should be done. Once the timeline is illustrated, a team should delegate tasks to each member, based on each individual’s capabilities. That way your accounting or finance expertise can have the most impact. Having an organized plan of action is essential to successfully completing a business project.
3. Play on your strengths.
The perks of working as a team is that everyone has different strengths, and you are able to play off those in order to succeed as a group. Seek a role within your group that allows you to thrive and deliver significant contributions, and allow your team members to do the same. Nowadays accounting and finance roles are being infiltrated into more aspects of the business from operations through strategy. Be sure to offer your knowledge when needed. You’ll be seen as a valuable asset. Plus, projects are much more exciting when you get to work on something you thoroughly enjoy doing!
4. Give and take feedback.
Supporting your team doesn’t only include encouraging them and complimenting their work, but it also means you are able to give them constructive feedback. Being able to critique your team’s work in a clear and effective manner will only help improve the quality of the work overall. Just as effectively as you give feedback, you must also be open to accepting feedback on your work, as well. It’s not always easy to receive feedback on the work you’ve put significant effort into. However, keep an open mind. Sometimes it’s good to get a second set of eyes to validate what you’ve produced.
5. Seek new and unfamiliar projects.
As previously mentioned, playing on your strengths is important to contributing significant work to a group, however you don’t have to be an expert in every element of a project. In fact, the best way to learn in the workplace is to lean into the discomfort and take on new projects that you may not be familiar with. If you have a chance to volunteer for a project that’s not directly related to accounting or finance, that could give you a chance to learn other aspects of the business which will only help you in your role. This will also allow you to build your professional skills and get noticed for your willingness to take on new challenges!
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