Working for or against the group’s common goals

In the team, discuss the question: “What is the best way for me to contribute to the group’s goal?” If you have already set individual goals, you can ask: “How does my goal contribute to or prevent us from achieving our overall goal?” 
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Happier teams

Working for or against the group’s common goals

A common worry about working in teams is that some people will work hard while others just take it easy. In psychology, this is called social loafing. To find out how this can be solved, in 2011 the researchers Ad Kleingeld, Heleen van Mierlo and Lidia Arends reviewed the current research. They found that individual goals can reduce social loafing, but only if done in the right way. If the goals are only set on the basis of how a team member should manage their own tasks, there is actually a risk that the cooperation is worse than if there is no goal at all. Instead, if each person has an individual goal that expressly deals with helping the group achieve its shared goal, then the group as a whole performs better.