Sometimes concepts that appear complicated can be explained in a simple manner. Have a look at this video below:
You may have read the book in the video above as a child. In short, it is about being a team player or “team work.” Teamwork can also be referred to by a buzzword that you may have heard recently–synergy! It is undoubtably beneficial for attacking tasks. When multiple minds are devoted to a task, solutions tend to appear quicker. So what is it about team work that makes most people cringe? Certainly having help on a project is a good thing!
Why most people hate team work
Think back to grade school when you had to do group work. Usually, one or two individuals would lead to group to get started and then everyone would contribute to get the assignment done. Or at least that is how it was supposed to happen in our minds. It’s likely that there may have been a member that did minimal work and could be considered a non-participant. How did the group react? Perhaps some momentary bitterness and then back to the task to complete the assignment. Remarkably, that non-participant likely received credit for the assignment.
You see, people don’t usually enjoy confrontation. Instead of being accountable, we try to avoid the situation by telling ourselves something along the lines of “I’ll do it myself, after all I want it done correctly anyways” or some similar excuse.
How can you minimize the possibility of a slacker?
It seems obvious that if it’s in your control, simply don’t work with someone who under performs. But what kind of representation of a team player is that on your part? Keep in mind, that we are motivated in different ways. Most people don’t knowingly “slack.”
As a leader of a team, you’ve got to sell everyone on your goal so that they can buy in. Once people are aware of the bigger picture, allow them freedom while providing support so that they may complete the objective or objectives necessary for your team to attain its goal. You see if people aren’t clear on the ultimate expectation, then they will be unfocused and even under perform. Don’t forget to give praise to the team when work is accomplished!