Survey: Meeting Work Deadlines Most Essential Attribute For Team Members

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - When it's the bottom of the ninth and the bases
are loaded, every baseball team needs a player who can come through in the
clutch. According to a new survey, workplace teams are no different.
Thirty-nine per cent of executives polled in Canada said meeting deadlines is
the most important characteristic of a team player, followed by whether a
person was pleasant to work with (31 per cent),
    The poll included responses from 100 senior Canadian executives -
including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments. It
was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps,
the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary
accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals.
    Executives were asked, "Which one of the following is the single most
important characteristic of being a team player?" Their responses:

                   Meets deadlines ..................  39%
                   Is pleasant to work with .........  31%
                   Supports his or her manager ......  17%
                   Avoids politics ..................  10%
                   Don't know .......................   3%

    "The term 'team player' has been used so frequently that it's lost much
of its meaning, but it essentially refers to honouring obligations and being
supportive of co-workers," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and
author of Managing Your Career For Dummies(R) (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
"These attributes have always been important, but they're especially valuable
now, given the amount of collaboration required in today's workplace."

    Accountemps offers these tips for becoming your work team's most valuable

    -   Develop a winning game plan. Set realistic goals and expectations by
        establishing roles and responsibilities for each member of the team
        up front.

    -   Keep your eye on the ball. Prioritize projects so you spend the
        majority of your time on activities that most directly affect the
        bottom line, rather than those you can easily check off of your to-do

    -   Take one for the team. Don't play the blame game if something goes
        awry. Instead, focus on correcting the problem and moving forward.
        Your willingness to acknowledge mistakes when appropriate will
        encourage personal accountability in others.

    -   Play fair. Give credit where it is due, and be generous in your
        praise. Be sure to thank unsung heroes who contribute to a project's

    -   Avoid throwing curveballs. Do your part to minimize office politics
        by engaging in open communication and fostering an atmosphere of
        mutual trust and respect.

    Accountemps has more than 350 offices throughout North America, Europe
and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
    Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-365-9140, extension 62070.

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