Working in a team 36 replies, 26486 views

tofu
11/28/2010 5:14:00 PM
How well do you work in a group, and what role do you usually end up taking? Do you prefer to work as a team or do you like to be on your own? I prefer the latter. I'm involved in a 5 person group project right now and it's been pretty horrendous so far, with me doing the majority of the work(research and deliverables), with little to no credit because i'm constantly being pushed aside by a girl who wants to be the leader without actually performing the tasks required by one. I decided earlier to just leave it alone since the work will get done by me regardless of how much she bellows. But lately i've been wondering if it's right to let her get away with all of this. I know my story is on the tame side, but I have 7 more months of this group, and I know it could get a lot worse.
kendraaa
11/28/2010 5:16:00 PM
punch her in the throat.
brenoritvrezorkre
11/28/2010 5:20:00 PM
alllll by myyyseelf

i think confrontation of some sort needs to happen.
tofu
11/28/2010 5:23:00 PM
Eric this is the situation I was talking to you about. I leave every group meeting feeling mentally drained and more stressed than I felt before. This is because I have to field her snide comments and rude pointless interruptions while somehow attempting to get work done.
Higgs boson
11/28/2010 5:31:00 PM
I run a team, and work well with them. I have noticed when there is no one in charge of the team that I cant handle it. I'm a control freak.
kyle_n
11/28/2010 5:32:00 PM
Unfortunately doing no work means she doesn't graduate.


Sorry lynne :( maybe try talking to your advisor? My group is run by an obnoxious high strung eccentic type. But he does a ton of work so I deal.
brian.
11/28/2010 5:33:00 PM
if anyone on my team doesnt pull their weight, they'll hear about it, as will anyone else involved
brenoritvrezorkre
11/28/2010 5:35:00 PM
you can only hold so much frustration in without venting, especially if what causes you such frustration occurs often. because i think you are really upset over this and you want something to change, you already feel the impetus to confront her about it, but you're trying to be modest about it at the same time. so, every further similar situation (which will occur if you don't do something) will only increase in how much it affects your mood; sort of like a pressure cooker. the more you let it go, the more it's going to build and build in quality over time, and then it's quite possible you'll just lose it at some point, and do something rash. further, considering you're going to have to endure through many months with this person and this whole predicament, you need to do something now to change the situation.
brian.
11/28/2010 5:38:00 PM
throw everyone under the bus
cait!
11/28/2010 5:43:00 PM
i get much more work done alone. but working in teams is fun when people actually have brains.
yantastic
11/28/2010 5:45:00 PM
I tend to let everyone have their say, but I always have the final word on the real decisions. whenever I get a yappy one I give them some menial task. if they complain I emasculate them in front of everyone to the point of tears (for men or women).
Otzi
11/28/2010 5:46:00 PM
Originally posted by: brian.

throw everyone under the bus

Dianana
11/28/2010 5:49:00 PM
This is always a shitty situation. But when it all comes down to it, whoever sounds like they know wtf they're talking about during the presentation is picked up by your prof/manager. Throwing people under the bus is looked down upon and can blow up in your face so you have to talk to the rest of your team (minus that bitch) and then confront her ass.
TheOtherGodhead
11/28/2010 5:51:00 PM
By myself, though I often have to work in a group at work and it doesn't bother me. I naturally assume a leader role because I know more than most there and others often look to me for help/answers.
tofu
11/28/2010 6:50:00 PM
I know I have to confront her about it; i'm just unsure of how to go about it. Should I pull her aside and tell her, or bring it up in front of the entire group? Our first presentation is in 2 days and I don't want to make waves right now. Overall i'm just appalled at how a person can be like this. She'll depend on me to get things done while going out of her way to make it seem as if it isn't that way.
TheOtherGodhead
11/28/2010 6:52:00 PM
Casually bring up getting credit for something. If she disagress talk about it and then if she still acts like a bitch let someone who would need to know whats up.
firebikesmullets
11/28/2010 6:52:00 PM
group projects suck. the same shit happens to me too. if one part of the project is worth more points than the rest of the parts i'll usually volunteer to do it. when i'm stuck with lazy assholes who already have D's in the class and don't care i tend to take charge because i don't want them to drag me down.
kyle_n
11/28/2010 6:57:00 PM
Originally posted by: tofu

I know I have to confront her about it; i'm just unsure of how to go about it. Should I pull her aside and tell her, or bring it up in front of the entire group? Our first presentation is in 2 days and I don't want to make waves right now. Overall i'm just appalled at how a person can be like this. She'll depend on me to get things done while going out of her way to make it seem as if it isn't that way.


bring it up after the presentation. do you know if your other group members feel the same way about her?
tofu
11/28/2010 7:08:00 PM
the one other girl feels similarly to me, but she's even more self-effacing than i am, and the two other guys in the group don't seem to care that much. I also feel that by going to a professor or advisor about this, i'm telling them that I am unable to function in a group setting. I really do not want to do that. I'll talk to her about it after the presentation is done and the paper turned in.
brian.
11/28/2010 7:32:00 PM
Originally posted by: brian.

throw everyone under the bus

cbrickhouse
11/28/2010 7:42:00 PM
I'm basically the lead developer on our team, we all work very well together. Everyone pulls their weight
talking shit
11/29/2010 1:00:00 AM
Originally posted by: kendraaa

punch her in the throat.

chrisNJ
11/29/2010 9:49:00 AM
is this senior design your talking about? if so just make sure your advisor knows youre the one doing the work and youll be good to go. the "leader" in my group was all talk and tok til the last minute to do everything. he designed our building with beams going through the elevator shaft and we still got A's cause we met with our advisor enough for him to know who was doing what
$teve grove
11/29/2010 9:54:00 AM
whatever you end up doing, wait until after the first presentation to do it.

if the two dudes dont seem to care right now, then they wont really care if you call her out either. fuck em.
Walktheblock
11/29/2010 9:55:00 AM
I don't like working in groups for this exact reason. I'm not looking forward to my senior design project next semester.
Jess.
11/29/2010 9:56:00 AM
I'm generally the leader and designate individual tasks. For the most part, I had good luck with the groups I was put into in college. There was one where we had a terrible team member, but our teacher was wise enough to have everyone in the group assess each group member, including ourselves following the assignment. Obviously when she saw that the bad group member gave all of us and herself a good grade and we all gave everyone good grades but her, she ended up getting a C while we all got A's.