2.3 - List the disadvantages of working in a team

Not Team Players

Some workers may not function well as part of a team, preferring to work on their own. If your work environment requires working as a team to accomplish a task. They may not see themselves as part of a team or not value the team. As a manager this needs to be addressed as they can have a negative impact on others and the achievement of goals.



Whenever a group of people is assembled to achieve a goal, at least some conflict is likely to occur. Contrasting personalities and styles can clash and some members may have difficulty accepting ideas that differ from their own. Peer pressure can also result in a team member going against her better judgment to escape the problems with other members.

Limiting Creativity

Teamwork may also limit creative thinking. Team members may put their own ideas on the back burner if the environment to share ideas is not created by the manager. They can also focus on the first good idea that comes along and stop exploring other possibilities.  


Unequal Participation

With some teams, it can be easy for some people to sit back and let others do most of the work. This can cause conflict, especially if the work requires everyone to ‘pull their weight’. As a result, this can have a detrimental effect on workplace morale and we as manager will need to work hard to build this back again.

Longer Process

A team can sometimes take longer to produce a desired result or get to a decision. The input from all and the potential conflict of interest that can arise, can make decision making slow. This is where an effective manager uses consultation with the team on appropriate areas rather than to excess.