Helping Your Manager & Coworkers Succeed

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  • 0:04 Being a Team Player
  • 0:24 Working Relationships
  • 1:14 Communication
  • 2:35 Commitment
  • 3:25 Feedback
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Instructor: Debra Douma-Herren

Debi is a human resources leader for a large organization. She holds a master's degree in Administration with a specialty in Organizational Leadership.

In this lesson, you will learn key steps for helping your manager and coworkers succeed. Through your approach to teamwork, the team can achieve its goals.

Being a Team Player

Helping your manager and coworkers succeed is an important skill. It involves teamwork. Teamwork is a group of employees working together to achieve a common goal. When everyone works as a team, the whole organization succeeds. There are steps you can take to make sure your manager and coworkers succeed and the team accomplishes its goals.

Working Relationships

Establishing effective relationships with your manager and coworkers can be difficult. You do not need to be the manager to manage working relationships. You should demonstrate respect for your manager and coworkers. This includes not speaking negatively or gossiping about your team. This can have a negative impact on the working environment. Your coworkers and manager may not have the same background as you. Appreciate the diversity and various strengths each team member brings.

Assume your managers and coworkers have the best intentions. If you assume the worst about your manager or coworkers, it may lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy. You will also want to avoid blind-siding your manager and coworkers or blaming others.

Often you receive the help from others to achieve a goal. Support your manager and coworkers by recognizing them and giving them credit for their contributions and ideas.


Communication is a necessary tool for helping your manager and coworkers succeed. Communication involves the exchange of ideas between two or more parties. Communicate regularly and clearly with your manager and coworkers. When communicating with others, be aware of your body language. Verbal communication should match body language to promote a clear message. Keep your manager and coworkers informed of what you are working on and deadlines.

Listening is an important part of communication. Passive listening is simply hearing what is being said. Active listening involves responding to and concentrating on what is being said. This improves understanding between both parties. You may practice active listening by repeating back what you thought you heard. Avoid thinking about what you will say next.

There are several ways you may communicate with your manager and coworkers. These may include email, instant messaging, face to face, or a phone call. Different people prefer different ways of communication. Even though you may prefer one way, your manager or a coworker may prefer another way. Familiarize yourself with how your manager and coworkers like to communicate by asking them.

During team meetings, actively participate. Share your ideas and recommendations with your manager and coworkers. If you are communicating a problem, be prepared with possible solutions, then seek the input of the appropriate people.

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