Is it right for a team to be rewarded when it's just the one person of the team who does the hardest work?

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I personally think that it's wrong for a team to be rewarded when it's just the one person that has done the hardest work.

Sometimes you may hear a team has been rewarded, but it may have just been one person who has done the hardest work, In my opinion, I think that it's wrong because other members of a team could have done their part but whoever has done the main part should be rewarded individually, because it is more important that they get appreciated. It's not fair if other members of a team take the the credit for the job that one person did. If everyone works together in a part team does their own part, then it is fair for the whole team to be rewarded for good team work.

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  • 125223_ip_1.jpg EXPERT: Olga Artemjeva, Technology Strategy Manager @ KPMG
    09 Nov 2020

    This is a very interesting topic discreet_drum and you bring out very valid arguments. Getting your team performing equally well and feeling appreciated is one of they key responsibilities of a leader. On the other side, how would you approach the situation if you were in charge of a team and everyone was performing equally well. One team member made an outstanding, game changing contribution and one team member was struggling due to personal issues (stress, for example). How would you reward this team at the end of the project?

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    1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
      Olga Artemjeva, Technology Strategy Manager @ KPMG's comment 13 Nov 2020

      Thank you for responding to my post, I'm happy you found it interesting and that I made some valid arguments.
      If I was manager, I would hold a team meeting once every month to tell them how well they are performing and to specifically say to each person what they did that was good and if they could improve so they could feel more appreciated and so they continue to work hard.
      If there was a team member who was struggling because of personal issues (like stress) I would approach them and have a face to face meeting to find out if i can help them arrange a more suitable and flexible working option.

      This may help the person handle their problems better and hopefully they will resolve it and if they do I will expect them to start performing better but if not then i might allow them to take time off to resolve their problems, after the time off, when they return to work they come if they still don't do well then i will have to let them go if this continues. as this will not be fair on others who are working hard and it will be bad for the company and my position as manager if i let them stay.

      There are others who may not have personal stress but they just don't have the abilities to do good work, because they feel under pressure so they will make lots of mistakes which can slow them down even more and waste other peoples time doing more work. Again, as manager i would have to talk to the person and train them more and maybe try and find easier ways to explain how to do a their job, because everyone understands things differently.

      Finally i do think that it is only fair for the hardworking person in the team to be mentioned in a team meeting, as well as letting that person know directly. it is not fair for the whole team to take credit unless they all equally do an outstanding job. It will encourage the person more and also make them feel their hard work is not being ignored.

      And maybe also might make others do better too to catch up. It will be good for everyone.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        discreet_drum's comment 16 Nov 2020

        A very well-explained response, discreet_drum. Lots of problem-solving on show!

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg serious_night | New Horizons Children's Academy
    10 Nov 2020

    No it is the person who done the work gets rewarded because if the person who doesn’t do anything gets rewarded then they will be influenced to keep not working and think it’s ok not to help

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    10 Nov 2020

    In my opinion, the person that was working the hardest should till get the same amount that the others receive because that would be bias and even stereotyping because your only pointing out just one person and that not fair to the others because maybe the others don't really no much about the job but other person who does a lot could of been working there for like 3 years or something s in my opinion what i think they should do instead is maybe since there "the best" they could help the others but in some cases where all of the others have worked there for 3 years and so has the other person that stand out too then they should maybe give him a small tip of like £50 so then the other can learn from him/her and then they'll copy and also get a small tip too!!
    but in general if the other have only just started i don think the should give the person who stand out a bigger wage what he/she could do is help the other but if the others have worked there for 3 years and so has the person that stand out more they should give he/she a small tip so other ill copy and get a small tip too
    hope you liked my comment and really epic and good post discreet_drum

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    1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 14 Nov 2020

      Your comment is really good decisive_ redcurrant, I liked how you said your opinions and then explained it in detail of why you think it.
      I agree with you that the person who is working the hardest should get the same amount as the others but if that person continues to work hard, then I think they should get a raise.
      When you said the person who has been working there the longest and who actually knows how to do the job properly and better so they should also help the people who haven't been there long and the people that may have been there for a while but are struggling to do something. This was a good idea because then more and more people would know more or how to do the job so they would all feel appreciative and better about themselves if the manager praised them once in a while, then they would not only enjoy working but be encouraged too.

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      1. tom Tom @ the BNC
        discreet_drum's comment 16 Nov 2020

        Some really good listening skills on show here, well done discreet_drum!

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        1. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
          Tom @ the BNC's comment 16 Nov 2020

          Thank you again Tom for your comments and the stars

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg blissful_analysis | Upton Cross Primary School
    21 Nov 2020

    In my opinion,
    It is not fair for one to do all the work this is because if just one person does the work they are not letting others to have a go,if one person does the work the other people may not understand the work the same way as they do.If the other people don't do any work they will get used to it and they will think that they can do it every day but when they take their test they won't have other people to do it for them so it is better to take turns and for everyone to participate it the learning
    Thank you for listening 😀

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      blissful_analysis's comment 23 Nov 2020

      Well done for giving your reasons, blissful_analysis. What could businesses do to prevent this from happening?

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    2. Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
      blissful_analysis's comment 23 Nov 2020

      You're right blissful_analysis, it's true that it's not fair one person does all the work and it's also unfair if the people that are lazy, that don't do any work because then they will get used to it but, if they just co-operate and take turns, then everyone will participate, learn more from others and and they would also work peacfully.

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