Dark Story

At our company, project teams are formed by picking numbers out of a hat. It doesn’t matter what your strengths are, once you pick that number that’s it. Unfortunately, I ended up on a team with a lot of very strong personalities and we didn’t work well together at all. It was painful to come to work every day knowing that it would be full of negativity. The only thing we ever agreed upon was that we needed to talk to our manager and get reassigned, but we were told to “just work it out.” The company spends so much time touting its team culture, yet there’s no support or direction from management when issues arise – and inevitably they always will. We’re not perfect. It’s not that we’re bad people, we just don’t work well together. As you can imagine, our work suffered as well. Instead of our manager asking
why and starting a discussion, we all got in trouble for producing less than satisfactory work, which furthered the negativity and blame. Not long after, a friend of mine mentioned a job opening at a rival company. I decided it was a good time for a change and applied for the job. My new company is team centered as well and I must admit I was a little worried. However, teams aren’t left to chance. Rather than pulling numbers out of a hat, our manager meets with each of us individually then puts a team together that compliments everyone’s personality and skill set. Sure, we still have problems, but when they arise, we know that the support will be there to overcome any of them.