Hate Teamwork? You're Not Alone
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When it comes to projects in the workplace, most employees would prefer to go it alone, new research shows.

A study by the University of Phoenix revealed that nearly 85 percent of U.S employees think working on teams in the office is difficult. Specifically, 45 percent attribute the difficulties to too much of an "in-it-for-one's-self" mentality in the workplace, while more than half feel that a lack of clearly defined roles contributes to team failures.

Additionally, 40 percent think their heavy workload leaves little time for team efforts, with 35 percent saying emails, instant messaging and other electronic communications have reduced the opportunity for face-to-face interaction with co-workers.  

"Working in teams can be one of the more challenging dynamics one faces in the workplace," said Bill Pepicello, president of University of Phoenix. "Developing teamwork skills is a critical factor for success for individuals and the businesses for which they work."

The study discovered that a lack of proper preparation is also adding to the problem. More than 60 percent of those who find working in teams difficult feel part of the problem lies with them not receiving enough teamwork training.

When set up correctly, Pepicello said having employees work in teams can bring many benefits to an organization.

"Teams of diverse workers with a breadth of experience can bring strength to everyone involved when both employers and employees are committed to developing high-functioning teams," Pepicello said. "Today’s corporate environment hosts multiple generations of employees with different skills and experiences."

The research was based on surveys of 1,000 U.S. employees.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.