12. September 2010 23:00
In modern business collaboration is essential…and a worker who simply doesn’t want (or know how) to be a team player can often disrupt team chemistry if not managed correctly.
What can you do?
Short term: Create a niche he or she can fill successfully and productively
Long term: Encourage the individual to modify his or her behavior.
To integrate the individual into the group, play up peer pressure. This person may march to the sound of a different drummer, but he or she needs to understand that their behavior can cause ill will and negative feelings from other team members. A change would move this person closer to the center of the group, reduce co-workers’ resentment, and eliminate the uncomfortable us-versus-him attitude that may exist now.
Point out the reality of the situation. While praising the individual’s experience, special skills, and length of service, emphasize that everyone is expected to collaborate. Corporate culture revolves around teamwork…and anything less threatens the success of the entire work unit.
Assign your lone rider to work that will further the team’s goals without having to interact closely with other members. For instance, the individual could research problems, locate resources, or evaluate certain projects in advance and recommend actions that the team may take.