Have you worked in a dysfunctional team?

17 January 2013
According to a survey by the University of Phoenix, 70 per cent of people have worked within a team they would describe as ‘dysfunctional’. The research, which was based on the responses of 1,019 Americans over the age of 18, suggests the majority of people will encounter an unhappy or counterproductive working environment at some point in their careers. Some of the negative aspects of working in a team highlighted in the survey were: verbal confrontations between team members, encountered by 40 per cent of respondents; blaming another team member to get out of trouble, also by 40 per cent; and one team member spreading a rumour about another, experienced by 32 per cent. Physical confrontations among team members were witnessed by 15 per cent of respondents. The findings suggest it’s not all sweetness and love in work teams, with backstabbing, scapegoating and, in some cases fisticuffs, popping up on a far too regular basis. What about the atmosphere in procurement teams? Would you say that the results of the survey fit, in general with your experience of the world of work? Have you been part of a dysfunctional team? Let us know in the comments, especially if you’ve encountered some particularly memorable moments of two team members having a disagreement.
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