Advantages of Group Problem Solving

Advantagesof Group Problem Solving

Inany organization that has many members of staff and managementpersonnel, conflicts of different nature and magnitude are bound tooccur now and then (DuBrin, 2012). Therefore, one of the key roles ofthe Human Resources department in an organization is to reduce theoccurrences of such problems and to deal with them when they occur.This paper seeks to explore the benefits of group problem solving.

Groupproblem solving has many advantages when well planned and executed.The first benefit is that compared to individuals, groups have accessto a wider range of resources that may be needed to solve the problem(Kreitner, 2009). The process of creating the solution of the problembecomes easier since the group does not have to outsource theresources they need.

Secondly,group problem solving provides more accurate results thanindividuals. In the process so creating a group problem solution, allsides of the divide are actively involved at the same time. As aconsequence, the information presented and the resolutions proposedare more accurate (Hawkins, 2012). Accurate findings andrecommendations make it easier to solve the problem through a groupcompared to how an individual would do it.

Finally,since all members are actively involved in creating solutions for theproblems facing them, the decisions made are binding. As Laughlin(2011) adds, all members of the group are committed to the decisionsmade by the groups. Consequently, each member has a role to play inensuring that the decisions made to solve problems are adhered to asthey should. This advantage helps to ensure that the decision-solvingprocess is all inclusive and binding. Group problem solving is a coremethod of solving problems that affect more than just an individual.Groups provide resources, more accuracy, and binding decisions. Ifwell planned and executed, they stand more chances of success thanindividual problem-solving techniques.


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