Describe how to work effectively with others

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Working effectively with others means being able to work well and in partnership with the individuals you support, their family, your manager, co-workers and other health and social care professionals.

The people you work with will have different backgrounds, experiences, skills and ideas so it is important to respect the diversity and the contributions that others make.

Communication is particularly important to ensure good working relationships. This can include:

  • Listening to what others have to say and using active listening
  • Respecting and valuing the opinions of others
  • Being open to new ideas
  • Being able to negotiate and compromise

Also of importance is everybody working in a consistent manner withing existing frameworks such as legislation, industry guidelines and employer’s agreed ways of working (e.g. internal policies and procedures).

By working effectively with others you can learn from one another and build positive relationships, which over time will develop trust.