Does anyone other than me hate the idea of free-riding (getting equal credit for doing no work)? It seems to me that this probably happens all the time. Just think about this question:
By the way, if this has happened to you, you probably also felt like you had to keep it a secret or ironically you would be crowned a non-team-player? The idea of a team in business, academics, or other social projects should be to leverage the talents of multiple individuals to produce a greater outcome. But I see two big problems:
When was the last time you did most of the work on your team, or had to pick up someone else’s work at the last minute so the “team” could be successful?
- Not everyone does the same level of work, but quite often everyone gets the same reward or grade.
- Leaders, managers, or professors have no visibility into team problems until it is too late.