At work, big projects often feel like more of a huge amount of pressure than anything else, with a bit of an additional pressure if you’re not yet fully comfortable with your surroundings or co-workers. This can be even further exacerbated if the project is leading towards some sort of presentation or situation where you might be feeling yourself becoming overwhelmed. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, as these sort of projects double as opportunities for you to not only expand within your role but also to fully come to terms with the best ways to approach a project like this – meaning each time you’ll come back more prepared than the last.
If you’re someone who’s already accustomed to the ins and outs of project management, you might feel as though you know all there is to learn, but you could be surprised at how there are still things to make the process even easier. Projects at work are often about collaboration and everyone pitching in to do their part, so it’s important to know exactly what you can contribute to help the team along.
Use the Right Software
While your commitment and attitude are essential to ensuring success, it’s difficult to be as effective as you can possibly be, without being equipped with the right tools. In the digital age, these tools are often appropriately digital, meaning that they regularly fly under the radar for people who don’t know what to look for. One of the most useful tools at your disposal, as projects often rely heavily on teamwork, is software to collaborate. This in itself covers a very wide range of online tools and covers anything that can be used to help you work together effectively with your team. This can include something like file-sharing software where you all actively work on the same documents simultaneously, or even something that functions as simply as letting you communicate easily with your co-workers.
Be a Team Player
As mentioned previously, in a group effort, it’s crucial that everyone does their bit – it doesn’t do the project any favors when a member of the team is slacking and effectively acting as dead weight. So, you have to ask yourself what would be the most useful thing you can do. Sometimes, there are already a lot of people actively asking themselves the same question and a ‘too many cooks’ scenario is best avoided, if possible. In which case, it might be better to ask yourself where your specialties lie, and what you can do better than anyone else on the team.
Additionally, a risk of working in a larger team is (especially if you’re more introverted by nature) that of becoming drowned out by everyone else there. Bigger personalities tend to be the loudest, so you might be asking yourself how can you shine?
The trick is to adapt to the situation and prove yourself as being integral to the team, while being flexible and communicative.