Difficulties Encountered In Coordinating Teamwork
The most common problem students are dealing with in teamwork coordination is the lack of contribution of team members. For example, some members are quiet and do not participate properly in tasks. This is because delegating unfair marks on workload contribution (Labeouf., Griffith &Roberts, 2016, p.18). When a group submits their work, all the members get the same mark regardless of their contribution. So, students taking advantage of this marking system. Students who gave more contribution is unfairly disadvantaged by the one who did not perform well in group work. Hand in hand, this situation forms free riders in the teamwork process (Bovees&Thill, 2014, p.512). Students do not like to contribute to teamwork-based projects because of these free riders. The free rider does not give their full commitment in team works. They just get benefits from the effort of other members. Based on (Bushe&Chu, 2011, p.186), students are facing difficulties in expressing true opinions. In this case, students give less contribution to the team. They have fewer confidants and lack skills which make them hesitate to speak out their mind. Students should have the belief that they won’t be punished if they make a mistake to overcome the problem of expressing opinions.
Continuously, students encountering difficulties in coordinating teamwork because teamwork is not effective in an online environment. Information technology has become a big part of student’s life. Therefore, They started to work in groups virtually. So, teamwork is now hindered by complicated and unreliable technology, insufficient transfer speed, and limitation on understudy get to the internet (Karin, 2011, p.3). Online teamwork totally depends on the internet. Students get into trouble to finish a group project when insufficient accessibility occurs. Based on (Karin, 2011, p.3), works cannot be done earlier because of a lack of communication in online teamwork. They suffer to exchange ideas when a slow internet connection takes place. Students could not receive or share the details completely. This creates misunderstanding and delays the project work. Students find it confronting to collaborate when they never might meet face to face (Karin, 2011, p.3). Online team members only communicate once in a while for discussions and get disconnected. Such a case brings no bonding among team members. At the same time, it makes teamwork unproductive.
Next, students essentially do not as the group works. Students’ understudies favor work independently (Daft, 2012, p.511). Because some give less collaboration in groups and it is hard to find out who is participating and who is not participating. So, they prefer working independently. Students do not enjoy the process of working in group works. They feel anxious, shy, and introverted to work in a group (Labeouf., Griffith&Roberts, 2016, p.17). Students who are Introverted and shy usually do not voice out or remain silent during teamwork. They feel nervous and awkward sharing their thoughts and idea. In this case, discussions and meetings become harder and the work is left undone. Based on (Bovee&Thill, 2014, p.72), students dislike working in groups because they think that it is waste of time. Group tasks need cooperation, performance, presence, and collaboration of all team members. It takes a quite long time to be completed due to lack of collaboration and busy schedules. Some members do not collaborate well and some might be work slowly. Students should wait until the other’s part is done to finish a group task. Teamwork is consuming a lot of time. Thus, students do not interested to be involved in team works.
In addition, students suffer to coordinate teamwork because different people have a different styles of working (Witt, 2011, p.12). Some students are loud and outgoing people. On the other hand, some students are quiet and need a little time to open up. Various types of personality may lead to conflict and arguments in a group. Based on (Bearmen, Owen, Brooks&Grunwald, 2013, p.6), discussion and disagreements will slow down the problem-solving process. This can delay the group works. Each student has different abilities and skills. Lack of understanding of skills and abilities of people also can lead to conflicts in teamwork. Team members should understand the potential of all the members and divide the work according to their ability. The existence of cultural differences can also disturb the work process (Bearmen, Owen, Brooks&Grunwald, 2013, p.6). A team consists of members from various countries, religions, and family backgrounds. The reason team members struggle working in a multicultural team is because they do not aware of cultural differences. They behave or talk improperly without knowing it can hurt a person from a different culture. Students should try to understand the culture of their team members to avoid problems.
Finally, trying to get people in a group to work together is very difficult and also takes up a lot of time. If team coordination is not handled properly can result in loss of time and decrease the efficiency of the team. At the same time, if everyone comes together to work towards success, there is nothing better than that. Communication, understanding, role clarity, and leadership attitude can be great strategies to resolve the challenges of effective teamwork. People do not contribute to the work, teamwork is not effective in the online environment, students essentially do not like teamwork and different people have a different style of working are the difficulties that people will face in coordinating teamwork. Effective teamwork can help students to complete their assessments successfully. They must upgrade their skills and potentials to overcome struggles in coordinating teamwork. The types of skills that students should learn are communication skills, leadership skills, creativity, conflict management skills, and understanding skills. Teamwork is necessary because it can bring the strength of members together to achieve a task.