Stop Complaining About Group Work; or Collaboration After College

“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” (BrainyQuote 2015)

~Amy Poehler~

Group work is inevitable. From that book report you did with Suzy back in 3rd grade on “Clifford the Big Red Dog”, you’ve been working with other people. While it’s a pretty even split between people who don’t care for groupwork, people that enjoy it, and people that have no preference, I submit that we should all embrace it more than we are right now.

Almost every occupation today involves some form of group work. Journalists co-write. Vloggers have guests. Filmmakers work with anywhere from 10 to 100s of people. Doctors work with Nurses, PAs, other Physicians and a myriad of others involved in the medical system.

To say you hate group work is to say you hate work itself.

As we continue to push into the future, collaboration will continue to become more and more prevalent. As futurist Jacob Morgan puts it, “A big part of the future of work is connecting employees to each other and to information, which enables them to get access to the things and people they need to get their jobs done — anywhere, anytime, and on any device” (Morgan, J. 2015).

Working with others can be challenging. People may not pull their own weight. People may push their own ideas without listening to the group. Folks might be passive, or may not show up at all. Those that are turned off by group work should remember that this is a problem that likely won’t go away, and should instead strive to use collaboration as a chance to bring people together to work for a common goal.



BrainyQuote,. (2015). Amy Poehler Quotes at Retrieved 24 November 2015, from

Morgan, J. (2015). Why Employees Should Use Collaboration Tools at Work. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 November 2015, from

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