I always hated having to do a group projects in college. It seemed there was always at least one (if not two) in the bunch who didn’t do a darned thing. Me and a few others ended up pulling all-nighters to get a homework assignment finished. Oh the resentment! I found this to be the case in the workplace as well. Where me, myself and I ended up doing the project because of lame team members. So yes, sometimes the “team” can really be a party of ONE!
So, how do you get people to work together as teams? MAKE THEM! Seriously, hold them ALL accountable for their part of the project. Don’t assume your team is getting things done.
Write it all down
Sometimes you have to play kindergarten teacher and spell it all out for the team. Make the instructions clear and put them all in writing with due dates. Put the task list on a huge dry erase board for all to see. Assign each team member a task and have them report to another team member on a particular day of their accomplishments.
Make it known that the OTHER team members will be reporting to management on each other! Believe when I say that bad teams have been turned around using this tactic. People get so worried what others will tell the boss about their work that they jump through extra hoops to get their job accomplished on time with every detail in order. They work extra hard to make an impression on the person that will be reporting on their work.