Working in teams at Rotman Commerce
Working as a team is challenging; this is true both in the real world and in your academic classes. However, learning to work together in teams is an important aspect of your education and preparation for your future careers.
At RC, you’ll learn to work in diverse teams with other students from a wide variety of places and perspectives. Through this process, you will develop intercultural and interpersonal skills, and improve your communication and project management skills.
The Rotman Commerce Centre for Professional Skills (CPS) is a growing centre within Rotman Commerce with the mandate of supporting RC students in developing a core suite of professional skills via cumulative curricular and co-curricular touch points throughout their degree. The CPS has developed new teamwork resources designed to support all RC students and teams encountering challenges in their teamwork experience within courses.
The teamwork contract is an important document for helping you work effectively with your team. The contract, and associated team skills audit form, will walk you through effective team practices like setting ground rules and dividing up tasks. The team skills audit will help you identify how your individual strengths contribute to the group.
The teamwork contract and skills audit should be completed in your first team meeting, in one sitting. Your first team meeting should be held at a time when all team members can attend, on an agreed-upon platform (Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, etc.). Avoid using social media platforms as your primary mode of communication with your team.
Need more support?
New for the 2020–21 academic year, teamwork mentors — recent RC alumni and upper-year RC students — can provide your team with the support to develop plans for effective collaboration, identify issues or constraints regarding time, work or accommodations, resolve conflict between team members or communicate more effectively within teams.
If you run into challenges in your teamwork that your team cannot resolve, your next step should be to contact an RC Teamwork Mentor.
Book an appointment by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.