Team Problem Solving
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific
Presented by: Sharon Jutila, Human Resource Consultant, AmeriBen
Got a thorny problem? You might want to call in your problem-solving squad. A new study shows that complex problems are best solved by teams of three, four, or five people, compared to people who tackle the same problems by themselves or with one other person. Just ask Patrick Laughlin, PhD, and colleagues from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They published a study on the topic in the journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Teams of three, four, or five people were better at solving the problems than the individuals, submitting fewer wrong answers before arriving at the solution. Even the top performing individuals didn’t match the teams of three, four, or five students. As a result, team-building is essential to creative and strategic problem solving.