Currently I am working in a group of 5 other people for a assignment in my fashion merchandising class. While it does help distributing the work so you don’t have to do it all yourself, it does bring new challenges.
One of the challenges that my group has faced is that one of our group members didn’t attend our first ever meeting for the assignment. That caused him to have a 5% reduction on his overall grade! It might not seem like a lot but that 5% can make the difference between a 75 and an 80. This just makes me worry about how the rest of the project is going to work since he doesn’t seem very reliable.
However, when it comes to group projects you must put your pride aside and if you see that one of your team members is slacking, ask them to try a bit harder and help them. You don’t want the project to be a failure because of one person. If it comes down to it and you must take over their part, do it. Just make sure to bring it up to the professor or your supervisor so they are aware of the situation.
Like I mentioned before, group projects might not be everyone’s favorite thing, but it is something that we have to get used to because it can be very efficient. It can help create new friendships as well as cut the time spent on the assignment. My advice to you? Don’t instantly cringe at the thought of working in a group, give it a chance and come in with a positive attitude. It will help make a difference in your work ethic.
-- Sheyla Meza