Working in teams does not always ensure positive results. Two possible disadvantages are large number of employees quitting the job and “Social Loafing”. Teams require extensive learning of standard team policies and work procedures and adherence to specific individual responsibilities. This might lead to excessive team pressure when much is expected from each team member. This leads to people leaving the job.
“Social loafing” is another disadvantage where the performance reduces when some team members fail to do their share of work in the team thinking it will go unnoticed. For e.g. some team members just talks more, act less and tend to have fun instead of doing hard work towards the goal. They expect others to perform the tasks.
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