University really does prepare you for the working world, at least in terms of going through the worst possible group projects so that teamwork in the corporate world seems marginally better. That being said, I’m aware there are those of us who are working right now, and not really sure how to wrap their heads around collaboration, especially when your colleague’s idea of collaborating involves eating crisps very loudly while watching you create your ‘joint’ presentation. I’ve gathered the best of my attained wisdom on teamwork, which this last week has been a slight crash course in:
Alternatively, ensure you’re not taking on the entirety of a project. There’s a thin line between being a perfectionist and being a slightly brash leader, and it’s important to know the difference. Since group projects are about collaborating with others, try your best to ensure everyone’s getting an equal part in contributing.
Be it at university or at the office, everyone has their fair share of tasks and schedules to contend with, so accounting for that when deciding on meeting will make all the world of a difference to your general productivity. Try avoiding unnecessary meetings as well by only meeting up when you absolutely have to – I love using Slack to communicate with my group for smaller tasks.
If you’re in a group of people, you’re inevitably going to be dealing with a host of different temperaments, so keeping your cool is essential to getting the most out of everyone. No one is made worse by feedback, so implementing a system that involves some amount of positive feedback and some constructive criticism will allow everyone to improve.
If I survived presentation week, anyone can. Hopefully these tips help in getting the most out of your group projects!