Working with others and improving own learning and performance are highly essential skills in social work. In this essay I will reflect on how well I have developed these two skills and what I need to do to improve them.
Before starting the degree course in university, I already had the skill working with others. As I have worked with others who were on the same course as me in the sixth form and also I did voluntary work placement which required people working together.
Before starting the university my working with others was sometimes effective and sometimes not very effective depending on the people I worked with, on the topic or area we had to work on. In sixth form I got on well with everybody in my class and working with them was not difficult. For example once me and two other students had to make a PowerPoint presentation on smoking. We worked together in planning what information will be included in the PowerPoint and who will write about what, what other materials we will need such as leaflets and who will get them. So before creating the PowerPoint presentation we planned everything together. Once the PowerPoint was created we then decided the number of slides each of us will read and talk about. So here I worked with others effectively and our PowerPoint presentation was successful.
However there have been times where I did not work effectively with others especially on my voluntary work placement. I did voluntary work in a nursery. I enjoyed working with the children there but I did not get on very well with the staff. The staff there did not interact with me as much and most of them usually gave orders to me e.g. to get something. When it came to working with the staff e.g. when getting the snack ready for the children; I couldn’t work effectively with them because I felt they don’t like me and don’t see me as part of the team. So the staff not interacting with me and not being very friendly with me was the barrier when it came to working together. The equity theory says that when people are treated unfairly then they are highly prone to feelings of disaffection and demotivation (J Stacey Adams, 1963). I also think that because I was not treated in a very friendly way so I developed feelings of disaffection which was then a barrier when it came to working with the staff.
I believe that my skill of working with others has improved since I started the university. During semester one, I attended many lectures and workshops where I had to work with others. The degree students I worked with were friendly and polite to me, when I wanted to say something; they listened to me and this made me more motivated in participating in the discussion. However sometimes my skill of working with others was not very effective because of factors such as topic of discussion e.g. once in a workshop we were put in groups and we had to discuss about carers participation in the services; even though the students in my group were friendly to me, I was...