Are the constant arguments getting in the way of actually doing work? Or maybe you can’t seem to figure out a good idea? This module explains some strategies to help you avoid conflict and work through problems when they come up.
Problems are to be expected in group work, but learning to deal with them is an important skill.
Below, learn about some strategies that can help you avoid or work through potential problems in your group.
When group members have conflicting schedules, it can create roadblocks to getting started and continuing projects. Group members may get frustrated when they feel that others aren’t compromising or taking their situation into consideration.
Conflict among group members is natural, but it can also distract you from working on your project and disrupt the collaborative environment of the group. If two group members aren’t speaking to each other, that’s not going to be a very effective team.
A common complaint about group work is that one or two people end up doing most of the work. This imbalance of work creates tension and is unfair to group members.
Are you working towards perfection or just passing? Are you going to work on the project in plenty of time, or procrastinate? Different expectations can create tension because the group is not working towards the same goal.
When you hit a mental roadblock, it is discouraging and can lead to procrastination and avoidance. It can be tempting to put off working on your project until later, and just hope that inspiration strikes at some point in the future. That’s not really a very effective way to work.
When members of a group agree with other group members in order to avoid conflict, it is known as ‘group think’. The problem with this is that it stifles creativity and constructive evaluation of alternative ideas. There could be a really good idea that your group doesn’t pursue because no one wants to ‘rock the boat.’