easier for individuals who are not motivated or productive to hide because there are more people to pick up the slack. Low Levels of Motivation An absence of motivation prompts poor group participation. There are lots of reasons people may lack motivation for a group task. A common reason is when participants are assigned to a project but don't want to be part of a group. A good example is when students are assigned to work in groups for an academic project. Inevitably, some students hate group work and decide from the start that they don't want to participate. When motivation is low among certain individuals in a group, they will often look for ways to assume the least amount of responsibility and contribute as little as possible. This then creates a burden on the remaining members of the group to take on more than their fair share of responsibility. Another reason for low motivation is when individuals question the perceived value of the group's goal. If a group member doesn't think the group's purpose is worth their time or energy, their motivation to participate will likely be low. Reduced Sense of Contribution
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