Top 5 Turnoffs (Working in a Group)

The following points were suggested by students in the EDUC375 class (Psychological Environment for Learning), Second Semester 2006-07 batch, as being the most unpleasant turnoffs when it comes to working in a group. The list consists of behavior and attitude that discourage members of a group and eventually lead to the feeling of hostility, disunity, and discomfort among individuals. As a result, the quality of academic and non-academic production decline. The list is presented in no particular order:

  • Social loafing (free-riding)
  • Bossiness, forcefulness, pressure
  • Irresponsibility
  • Not being heard
  • Timidity (not participating)
  • Lack seriousness, irritating behaviors
  • Lack of initiative
  • Insulting, picking a fight
  • Pessimistic attitude
  • Discrimination
  • Perfectionism

Further, the class voted the following 5 to be the worst of all (top 5 turnoffs in order of unpleasantness):

  1. Bossiness, forceful, pressure
  2. Irresponsibility
  3. Insulting, picking a fight
  4. Not being heard
  5. Lack seriousness, irritating behaviors

Finally, students identified and recommended strategies that can be utilized to prevent or eliminate the effects of the above mentioned ‘turnoffs’:

  1. Use “I wish…” statements (e.g. “I wish to be heard by the group members”)
  2. Assign the right role to the right person (in the group)
  3. Rotate roles (enhances the ability to empathize with others in the group)
  4. Model positive behavior and attitude (instead of getting upset and yelling about a particular ‘turnoff’)

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