5 Tips to Group Work
Written by By: Hunter Lindgren, MKTG/BMGT, Eller Professional Development Associate
You just got your brand new Eller Group for the Semester. Whether it’s your first team in BCOM or the last one of your senior year, there are an assortment of strategies you can use in order to make your team successful and efficient. Here are 5 tips to best work with your team and have a successful semester!
- Clear Communication – You must have honest and concise communication with your team. A great way to do this is by using the Groupme app. By using this resource and being clear with your group everyone can be on the same page on meetings times, goals, updates, etc…
- Face-to-Face Meetings – Virtual teams are on the rise, but within Eller, it’s still really important to meet with your team in person and set aside time to do so. It allows your group to see the bigger picture and leads to less misinterpretation or loss of information. Your team should meet at least one day a week.
- Google Drive – Whether you are meeting face-to-face or working on individual parts, using google drive to share and collaborate on work allows you to see what each member is working on and keep both yourself and your teammates accountable. It also saves all your work on the cloud so you and your group won’t lose a single thing!
- Timelines and Deadlines – Your group will always have a deadline to turn in a deliverable or project, but it is important to work off more than just that deadline. You and your team should create a timeline and break your project into parts. A good idea is to always have the project finished at least 3 days before the actual deadline so you can review the project and maybe have others look over it such as a Preceptor or TA!
- Create a Shared Understanding – During the first couple meetings you have with your team, make sure to establish a shared understanding. This means that each member of the team knows exactly what the instructions, goals, and project is. By doing this, the team doesn’t risk the possibility of having to start over or change the project due to a lack of understanding.