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Why Are Some People Not Team Players?

Submitted by  on September 26th, 2010

Have you ever had team members that refused to co-operate with other people? They could either subvert the team overtly, by shouting at other team members, or refuse point blank to do their allocated tasks. Or, on the other hand, they could join the underground, spreading rumors or doing the absolute minimum needed to get by. I’m sure you have experienced such employee resistance. Why do these people react so negatively?

Well, you could blame them for their misbehavior. And many managers and team members do just that. Many times, however, the cause of their behavior is much more complex than them just being “troublemakers”. Here are some possible reasons for their recalcitrant behavior.

  • belief that the team activity is a passing fad
  • lack of clarity over their role in the organization
  • loss of status or social standing
  • lack of confidence in developing new skills
  • feeling of work overload
  • team activities inconsistent with religious or cultural values
  • loss of opportunities for promotion within the organization
  • loss of income or job security
  • loss of time with their family
  • lack of support from supervisors and managers

What other reasons can you think of for why an employee would not want to co-operate? And how would you find out? Tell us your story.

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