Risk Assessment for Group Work

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Risk Assessment for Group Work

 Risk Assessment

  1. Personality differences. 

Since we did not choose our groups, there will be differences in personalities. Differences can be positive and negative. People have very strong opinions and may not want to compromise.


Conflict is a natural and expected part of group interaction, with positive, as well as negative effects. No matter what the personality type, we must engage them in conversation and still express that this is a group effort. Loud or quiet, everyone must have an equal voice in the content of the project. Be sure to give everyone in the group a voice and take mutual responsibility for both the positive and negative.  

  1. Missed deadlines. 

These have an impact on others completing their part of the assignment - This can be for many different reasons. Group members may resist doing activities they perceive to be irrelevant to the overall goal or objective they envisioned when joining the group. Even those who go ahead and do the activities may feel resentful.


We can request that each member write a quick synopsis of what they have completed for the week. Everyone must know what is expected and if their update is in no way associated with the weekly task, we can redirect their attention at that time. If someone doesn’t want to complete a task, this will be evident in discussion and that task will have to quickly reassign to another member of the group.

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  1. Loafing. 

The loafer is the most commonly cited disadvantage of group work. This is when a member does not contribute to the group, +and therefore decreases the group’s ability to perform to their full potential. In many cases, this may damage the morale of the other members of the group and cause resentment.


Use open reminders during the assignment. Group members who seem to be loafing should be encouraged by the other members to ‘pull their weight’. We need to remind regularly – not just near a deadline, when it may be too late.  Contact ...

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