Working in groups and teams
Working in groups and teams

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5.3 Allocating tasks

The allocation of tasks, responsibilities and priorities of individual team members is usually done, at least partly, through joint discussion and negotiations in the team. If the team has a manager, it will be the manager’s responsibility to see that this is done effectively. Usually the process will be supported and strengthened by regular supervision and appraisal. Key questions for the manager to ask are:

  1. Has work been fairly distributed between team members?
  2. Have roles and responsibilities of team members been decided?
  3. Has each individual member taken personal responsibility for at least some aspect of the team task?
(Source: adapted from West, 2004)

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