Joining a new team can be exciting and stressful. Understanding the dynamics of your new team and discovering your role within it are crucial steps towards a successful work experience. In this article, we’ll explore the intricacies of team dynamics, and provide valuable insights on how to seamlessly integrate yourself into your new team.

What is team dynamics?

Team dynamics at work refer to the interactions, relationships, and behaviors among individuals within a team. It encompasses the way team members collaborate, communicate, and influence one another, impacting overall team performance and effectiveness.

Recognizing Your Team’s Dynamics

  • Observe and Listen: Start by observing how the team operates. Pay specific attention to how team members interact, and their communication style.
  • Identify Key Players: Identify key players by observing who the decision makers and the influencers are. Understanding this informal power structure and hierarchy will help you navigate the team more effectively.
  • Cultural Norms and Values: Take time to learn the team’s culture. Figuring out whether they are collaborative, competitive, or innovative will ensure your transition into the team is smooth.

Finding Your Place

Now that you’ve thoroughly observed and learned about your new team, here are a few strategies to help you find your place.

  • Communicate Effectively: Effective communication is essential for any team, and it builds trust and rapport among team members. Share your ideas, ask questions, and actively listen to your colleagues.
  • Leverage your Strengths: Identify your strengths and how they can contribute to achieving the team’s goals. By showcasing your strengths, you establish yourself as an asset to the team.
  • Build Relationships: Get to know the members of the team on a personal level, show appreciation for their contributions, and be a supportive colleague.

Decoding team dynamics and finding your place within a new team requires observation, adaptability, and effective communication. Embracing the challenge will ensure you thrive in your new team environment.

If you’re looking to transition into a new role or join a dynamic team, the team at Green Key is ready to be your partner along the way. Browse our jobs page or connect with us on LinkedIn to work with our talented recruiters.

Jun 6, 2023

How to Get Your Co-Workers to Read What You Send

The ugly truth about those memos you send and reports you write is that no one wants to read them.

Don’t take it personally, says Aaron Orendorff. Most of us are overwhelmed with the volume of words that come at us. One estimate is that the average office worker receives almost 100 emails a day. Add in the messages that come in by text, Slack and hard copy and it’s like standing in front of a fire hose.

What can you do to get attention for what you send?

Write less, suggests Orendorff in an article for The New York Times. It’s the most counterintuitive of the eight suggestions he makes, though there’s strong evidence you’ll get more notice if you write only rarely. “Scarcity in professional writing is so, well, scarce that its absence is easier to illustrate than its presence,” he insists.

Before sending off a message, ask yourself, he says, if it must be sent immediately. If not, then ask if it need be sent at all and does it need to be sent to everyone on the To: or CC: lines?

When you must email or message, Orendorff says use fewer words and cut to the chase. “We long for clarity, for other people to say what they mean in as few, short words as possible,” he points out, recommending several methods for getting your point across quickly:

  • Put action words in your subject line — Instead of “Budget Attached,” write, “APPROVAL FOR ITEMS 9-12: Budget Attached.”
  • Don’t tell, ask — Instead of describing in detail your analysis or view of an issue, ask questions; the more pointed and clear the better.
  • Lead with the need — Say what you need. get to the point at the beginning of your memo or email or message. “Rather than building to the request — and risk muddling the meaning — this inversion forces us to lead with the need. After that, you’ll often find much of the rest can be removed.”
  • Make it about “us” — “When seeking assistance or buy-in, we typically ask colleagues for their ‘opinion.’ Turns out, that’s a mistake. Asking for an opinion produces a critic,” Orendorff explains. You’ll get better results if you can make it about “we.”
  • Write a people-proof TL;DR — The snarky expression “TL;DR” meaning “too long; didn’t read” is used to summarize an overly long memo or note. Orendorff suggests hijacking it as your own summary of who is to do what by when. “If the TL;DR clearly summarizes everything, send only the TL;DR.”

Taking to heart every one of Orendorff’s suggestions is no guarantee everyone will want to read what you write. At the very least, he says we can “make it easy on our colleagues to read it, respond to it and take action.”

Image by Muhammad Ribkhan