During my various internships and volunteer experiences, I’ve worked with people that I really enjoy. Across different ages, professions, and outlooks, people often have a tendency to come together for something important. However, this isn’t always the case.
- We had to put our egos in check. All of us. Myself included. When you get four (or, in many cases, more) people trying to be right all the time, tempers can get high. Working well in a group requires everyone to admit their limitations and own up to the fact that you’re generally equals.
- We had to acknowledge each other’s skills. In this particular group, we need to use Adobe programs to make a finished product. I’m the only person with any experience with PhotoShop, which means my contribution has become fairly focused into that area of the project. The other girls in our group have talents spread across writing, organization, planning…not everyone can do everything in the project, but everyone has something to contribute.
- We had to figure out how to spread the work evenly (as best we could). No one likes to feel excluded, and no one likes to feel like they’re doing all of the work. You can’t always evenly split it, since everyone’s abilities apply to each project differently. However, being shy to responsibility or being a work hog can reflect on you poorly in the end.
- We had to remind ourselves to smile. We are all stressed out right now. Finals start on Monday and week ten on a trimester schedule is always stressful. I have three large projects due between Friday and Tuesday, and the next few days are going to be very touch-and-go as far as my stress levels are concerned. One of the things I needed to remind myself about was that all of the people I am working with are in the same boat. We are all stressed out right now. So, sometimes the best thing to do is blow off some steam. Laugh, smile, don’t be afraid to have fun while you work together. A happy individual generally equals a happy group member. Don’t forget that.