What people who work on projects have in common is

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What people who work on projects have in common is that they enjoy the challenge of accomplishing something and working as part of a team. Each member of the project team needs to help create and foster a positive and effective project environment. Effective team members put the success of the project above personal gain. Teamwork is the cooperative effort of a team to accomplish a common goal. Team building— developing a group of individuals into a team to accomplish the project objective—is an ongoing process. It is the responsibility of both the project manager and the project team. Socializing among team members supports team building. To facilitate socializing, team members can request that they be physically located in one office area for the duration of the project. They can also organize and participate in social events. Diversity is about acknowledging, understanding, and valuing differences, and creating a work environment that recognizes, respects, and harnesses differences among team members for the benefits of accomplishing a shared goal, such as the project objective. Diversity of the team brings unique ideas and perspectives to projects. Each team member has unique experiences, skills, and values they bring to the team. Such differences can lead to more creative, faster, and higher-quality problem solving and decision making. Some dimensions of diversity include age or generation, appearance, ethnicity or ancestry, gender, health, job status, marital and parental status, race, religious affiliation, and sexual identity and gender expression. Project team members should not stereotype or make assumptions about a team member’s behavior or performance based on their diversity; nor should they identify, label, or refer to team members by drawing attention to their diversity. Barriers to valuing diversity include lack of awareness and lack of understanding. Two actions a project organization can take to create and sustain a supportive and positive climate for diversity are to have a written policy regarding diversity and to provide training about diversity in the workplace. Individual team members can make a personal commitment to understand and value diversity and respect the differences of other team members. Diversity should be seen and valued by the project team as a strength that can enrich communication, foster better relationships, create an enjoyable workplace, and enhance team performance. Ethical behavior is necessary within a project organization and is crucial in project business relationships with the customer, suppliers, and subcontractors. Customers and suppliers want to do business with a contractor or project organization that they can trust. Intentional distortion, deception, or misrepresentation is outright unethical. Two actions a project organization can take to help prevent any wrongdoing are to have a written policy on ethical behavior and to provide training about ethics in the workplace. A policy on ethical behavior should include topics on
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