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4 Ways to Be a Team Player But Still Get Ahead at Work

How to Advance Your Career While Remaining a Team Player

2. Create Boundaries

As much as you want to be a team player, sometimes you need to focus on yourself.

Sure, your cubicle is centrally located right smack dab in the center of the office. But that doesn’t mean you have to welcome every single staffer who strolls by your desk. You can still be friendly, but you might want to consider setting up some boundaries by politely telling people you're busy or even putting on some headphones for an hour a day so people are more apt to let you work. Also, don't be afraid to cut back on the number of extracurricular office activities. For example, you can volunteer for certain ones—such as the holiday cookie swap—but not all of them.