How Do You Work Effectively In Groups?
Working in groups is almost unavoidable today. Often you will be asked to work in groups in school, at work or sometimes when participating in a volunteer activity. Specific and clear communication is the key to successfully working in groups, whether for short term or long term projects. Get to know each other. If you’re going to be working in a group with other people for any extended period of time, spend a few minutes talking at the outset of the first meeting. Introduce yourselves if you do not already know one another. Assign roles if the project requires working together in a group for an extended period of time to reach a specific goal. For instance you might designate one person the group leader or facilitator and another the scribe or note taker. Exchange contact information to enable group members to communicate effectively outside of scheduled meetings if the project is long term. Identify the group’s goal. For instance, perhaps a professor asked you to accomplish a specifi