Group work helps you learn essential skills for professional and personal relationships.
Employers in all industries are looking for soft skills:
Effective collaboration and communication
Self-motivation, project management, and problem solving
The ability to share responsiblity, navigate attitudes different from your own, and maintain respectful working relationships
Establish clear expectations for attending meetings and respecting each other! Set deadlines for completion of major components.
Readinstructions to clearly understand what your instructor wants for the finished product.
Brainstorm to be inclusive: get input from everyone.
Plan your strategy to make sure all group members understand the topic and their role in making the project a success.
Develop clear goals to avoid wasting time.
Divide work to make sure everyone has something to do.
Have concrete outcomes for each meeting!
While working on the assignment, respect each group members' autonomy. This gives everyone the space to be productive and fosters healthy working relationships.
The best leaders and managers listen more than they speak.
Dictators are not effective group members. Learn to let other people contribute and express their ideas.
Be an active participant. Speak up. Share your thoughts and opinions.
Try to see mistakes as a natural part of learning, not a personal flaw.
It’s not always necessary or possible to meet in person. There are lots of ways to collaborate online, such as meetings via chat, shared documents and cloud-based presentations.
Celebrate your success and show appreciation for your colleagues!
Have a plan for dealing with conflict: Many conflicts can be avoided by providing each group member the opportunity to contribute and be heard.
Learning to compromise is an essential skill in any group project.
Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses early on: stick with your strengths and split the work accordingly. Once you have built some confidence, take on different responsibilities to broaden your skillset and gain new strengths.
If you feel ignored or unsafe, or if your group is having serious issues, talk to your instructor.