Learn about social loafing—how and why it happens. Learn about listening to ensure that everyone on the team is heard, along with strategies to engage each team member and incorporate their input and ideas.
- Have you ever noticed that in groups…some people don't work as hard as they could?…This phenomenon is called social loafing.…It's defined as the tendency of individuals…to make less of an effort when working in groups…than they would when working individually.…Essentially, teammates assume…someone else will pick up the ball…and keep everything moving along.…This can be extremely frustrating as a leader…and you might also miss out on key contributions.…I'm going to share some strategies…that will encourage participation…and discourage social loafing.…
First, collaborate on agendas.…By allowing members of your team…to contribute to the meeting agenda, you'll increase buy in.…If you make the agendas available prior to your meetings,…you're giving people time to think about…what they might contribute and plan accordingly.…Whenever possible, let people know in advance…what you'd like them to speak about during the meeting.…This is particularly helpful to the introverts on your team.…Another thing you can do…is create a culture of participation…
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- Defining roles and commitments
- Managing conflict
- Establishing and maintaining trust
- Creating a shared vision and focusing on objectives
- Providing feedback
- Structuring time for reflection
- Holding teammates accountable
- Communicating in face-to-face and virtual meetings
- Communicating across job functions and across cultures