Do you feel disconnected when trying to communicate with your team or do you find it tough to interact with others? This can be common as a freelancer because you are working independently most of the time, and if you work off-site, you aren’t physically around other coworkers. But there are always ways to improve your team building skills and become a better asset to the company.
Make it easy for others to communicate with you by using virtual platforms.
Being a team player in a company is a good asset to have. Companies look for people who are not only driven to do their job well, but also people who can work easily with others. And just because you’re a freelancer, it doesn’t mean you won’t be working with others. Whether you work in-office or remotely, you communicate with team members through emails, phone calls and work-related chat rooms, like Slack or Lync. Even employees who are surrounded by their coworkers everyday use these types of platforms as their main source of communication. That is why it is important to always be available through those resources, too. It makes you approachable and keeps you looped into what is going on within the company. In addition, it helps you get a better sense of the company’s culture.
When group projects arise, virtual platforms are also very helpful. They allow you to stay in close communication with your team members while doing your work. You don’t have to set aside a time to get together and chat in-person, you can simply send a short IM or email. These platforms also make it easy to share documents and create group messages to make sure everyone working on a particular project is on the same page.
Start getting to know people outside your team.
Once you become comfortable with interacting on these virtual platforms, focus on networking within the company. Find ways to start reaching out to different departments: talking to people outside your team can help you understand how your job role fits into what the company does as a whole. Plus, when you start networking, it can open up new opportunities for you. Think about it – if a problem arises and you aren’t sure who the point of contact is, your newly found network can help you learn who is. Or, if a new job opportunity is about to open up, you can be the first to know about it through the connections you have made within your workplace.
Having a strong relationship with different departments within a company will benefit you tremendously because most people don’t make the effort to do it. Learning who people are and what they do can help you quickly get the answers you need when you need them. People in other departments will learn who you are as well and see you as a valuable part of the team. They will feel comfortable reaching out to you, and, in turn, this will help you feel connected within the company and feel like an important part of the team.
More and more companies are hiring freelance professionals to fill positions temporarily or simply for everyday work. We know that freelance work isn’t going anywhere, and we know that being part of a team as a freelancer is always going to be important. So, in order for you to be the best at your job, it is critical that you know how to work on a team as a freelance professional.
Krista is a Creative Circle candidate, creative writer and content creator in Los Angeles. Her background includes news, marketing, copywriting and editing. If you are interested in working with Krista, please contact Creative Circle LA.