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How Do You Feel About Teamwork

Your Two Cents: How Do You Feel About Teamwork?

As a student I much preferred working alone to working on a team — in fact, I dreaded teamwork. Coordinating with other students and working for one final grade just made me nervous.

But after entering the workplace, teamwork wasn't so bad anymore. I found that asking others for help and relying on them to do their part was no longer such a struggle, and discovered that working as a team allowed me to really learn from others. Also, there's a different feeling of accomplishment when you've completed a team project because there's a sense of camaraderie that results from all of your hard work.


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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
It depends. I think generally I prefer to work by myself, but sometimes it's great to have a whole pool of different ideas and talents to work with.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I definitely prefer to work by myself and not have to rely on other people. It's no fun to have to do your own work and everybody else's.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
teamwork is awesome - if you like and respect your team members
Merlin713 Merlin713 9 years
Teamwork is pretty great as long as those I am working with are just as dedicated as I am. I have gotten lucky and been a part of groups with good workers in school and at work, so I have almost always had good experiences.
ladygypsy ladygypsy 9 years
I hated team work in school, because it never seemed fair that my grade would be adversely affected if one of my team members blew off his/her portion of the work. At my job it's not so bad because we're all adults, but I'd rather still work by myself.
avienndha avienndha 9 years
I'm definetely a loner when it comes to work...I'd rather sit by myself and get lost in a project than have to work with others. It's nothing to do with control, I don't mind letting others have that, I just like to work alone. Makes me sound like a sad sap or something! haha. I'm just quiet really.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
In my field if you can't work in a team then you shouldn't be doing it.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm all for teamwork if it does work. i've had MANY MANY bad experiences with working in a group that sometimes i shy away from it - but i can't walk away from groups just becuase of a few back experiences.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i hate working with people for just about everything.
lana7128 lana7128 9 years
I'm in my last semester of college and I do nothing but group projects! They absolutely SUCK. That is probably due to the fact that no one cares about a college project. In a work situation, that is much different...that is part of people's jobs, therefore I feel they much easier to work with.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
It honestly depends - I wouldn't want to work with a bunch of slackers.
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
I hated it in grad school... everyone at my school was so obsessed with being the team leader. So many times good ideas were squashed because other group members insisted on doing what they wanted... in undergrad, I once worked in a group to write a business plan. I wanted to write a certain portion of the plan, but I let another team member do it because he seemed really into it. The night before we turned in the paper, we realized that same guy had literally copied and pasted his portion from on-line.
lcterp lcterp 9 years
in undergrad I HATED group projects because people would always fink out. In law school the mentality of people is completely different and now people actually want to work and not have someone else do it. Hopefully this will continue once i get a job.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
As long as the members of the team are strong I do not mind it at all! When I first got out of college 12 years ago I hated it but now that I have been out in the world I have found that as long as people are passionate about what they do you it makes it a lot more fun.
emalove emalove 9 years
All through college, and even now in grad school, I HATE group projects and presentations...I would so much rather work by myself. I don't like having to rely on others when I'm not so sure just how reliable they are!
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
It definitely depends on who else is on the team! I never like working on teams where someone is either too pushy or too lax.
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