To achieve Step 0, individuals will show that they can work positively with others.
This is the first step in the skill of Teamwork, and provides the foundation of being able to work cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
In every education setting, there is a need for us to work positively with others. The resources we have to use are not only for ourselves but often have to be shared. We normally learn alongside others, so getting on well with them is vital. Throughout education, you will often have to work with others successfully in teams, groups or pairs. You will have to encourage others, be polite and pleasant and keep trying to reach the end goal.
Most people in the workplace will work with other people for part, if not all, of the day. Whilst each employee will have their own tasks and responsibilities these are likely to blend with the work of others to achieve a shared goal. For the work of the team to be achieved successfully, each person needs to work in a positive way with others. Conflicts and negative behaviour mean it takes longer to achieve their work or in some cases may lead to the work not being completed. In many roles, you will also need to work directly with customers and so need to get on well with them too.
In our social lives by playing games, sport and simply being with other people, we have to consider the needs of others around us and to share, take turns and behave in a positive manner towards each other. Those of us that are unable to do this may find that people do not want to spend time with us.
To best practise this step of Teamwork, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
To teach this step:
This step can be reinforced in the classroom by reminding learners regularly about what working positively looks like. Visual reminders could help reinforce this.
This step is best assessed through observation of learners working with others. A teacher can look for evidence that they are able to work in the positive ways outlined above, and then to make a judgement about the consistency with which they work positively.
This step is relevant to all those who collaborate with others on tasks.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed by observing the individual over time. For instance:
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed for by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
At home, you can easily support your child to build their essential skills. The good news is that there
are lots of ways that you can have a big impact, including: