When we think of teamwork, all manners of examples come to mind. Recently, we Packers fans might be questioning the ability of a team to go from functioning beautifully to functioning poorly in the span of a couple of weeks. On a football team we know there can be any number of reasons for such swings in performance from attitudes to injuries to simply having encountered better teams. Football teams prove and re-prove themselves on a weekly basis. There is little subtlety involved; the team wins or it loses or it ties. The outcome is shown by the team’s place in whatever league it plays and by the presence or absence of trophies at the end of the season.
The Business Dictionary describes teamwork like this: “The process of working collaboratively with a group of people in order to achieve a goal. Teamwork is often a crucial part of a business, as it is often necessary for colleagues to work well together, trying their best in any circumstance. Teamwork means that people will try to cooperate, using their individual skills and providing constructive feedback, despite any personal conflict between individuals.”
When we accept an assignment to locate the right person for our client, we take that very seriously. For most of us in management, the need to terminate an employee relationship can be among the toughest decisions we have to face. It not only affects the person being terminated, but it affects the rest of the team, as well. Selecting a well-qualified candidate and finding that person who also is a proven team player is critical to us in our searches. I have believed for a long time that before a person is given the responsibility to hire a team member, he or she should’ve been involved in the termination process up close and personal.
That ‘seasoning’ is part of what you hire us for; we know both ends of this equation and we factor all that experience into our recommendations to you. Qualifications are important, but the ability to be a team player is also critical. If we find past ‘teamwork’ issues in our vetting of candidates, we will not pursue that candidate on behalf of our client unless the client directs us to do so after we’ve explained the situation and our concerns.
Alan Campbell, Account Executive