A WhatsApp Group is not a Team because…

Notification, you are added to a WhatsApp Group.

WhatsApp groups have become a common way for teams to communicate. And being added to a WhatsApp group often gives us a sense of belonging. It fulfills one of the strongest human desires, to belong.

However, a group can never be a team because quiet often it overlooks inclusion.And when inclusion is ignored, you may be in the group but not as a team member. In absence of inclusion, you go from belonging to believing that you don’t belong despite being a part of the group. Inclusion takes a back seat when…

  • You don’t respond to question someone has asked.
  • You are not just ignoring the person, you are ignoring the person in presence of others which
    augments the feeling of shame.
  • You try to send non clear messages with an intention that only a few understand and other’s don’t.
    Trust me this happens in # mostly.
  • You raise a point that negates others actions in the group. Wouldn’t it have been easier
    to just talk to the person?

I am huge fan of broadcast groups on WhatsApp, they don’t make a false promise of team building. And even if you set up a group with the purpose of information dissemination with an ability to ask questions, that’s fine.. just don’t expect to build team spirit on a WhatsApp group.

A WhatsApp group was not designed to build teams but somehow we think it does.

Share this article:Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

Why the QR Code? The answer is in the request below we received from a regular blog reader.

"I attended your story telling course some time back. And I've enjoyed keeping up my knowledge with your blog. You may not have realised however, that the Whole of Government is implementing Internet Seperation. Hence I'm not able to access the links to read your articles. Could I suggest including a QR code in your emails so that I can use my mobile to scan it and gain immediate access to the article? It would be most helpful"