We are not robots acting upon the commands taken from our owners but people who are capable of thinking, evaluating and deciding what to do and when to do. These abilities bring a great responsibility with them. As the “Thinking Man” of Ralph Waldo Emerson, most of the MUNers are not willing to receive orders from their superiors and apply them without even a bit of questioning. That is why; keeping people under control is difficult which is the case almost every conference organizer has witnessed. Also, there may be a bunch of people who are not willing to integrate to the team and mostly avoid either working or taking responsibility. Let us check which three signs may be helpful for you to understand the severity of the situation:
1)Increase in the number of delays about the deadlines
Timing is everything. The time is passing; tick-tock tick-tock. There are many other MUN conferences as an option to attend rather than yours. So, you have to plan your pre-conference schedule so carefully and stick to it. However, since preparation period is relatively long, some team members become lazy and start to hinder the process. At this point, do not lose your patience and do not –never ever- reduce the problem to a personal level. Try to approach friendly but also be sure that your behivour is not being manipulated.
2)Rebellions about the tasks you assign
“I have all the workload.”, “Why someone else is not doing instead of me?”, “It is the third time I am working on it.” or a similar complaint may become one of the sentences you heard the most from your team members. Most people may not preserve the commitment they have at the beginning until the end of the conference. This situation causes some problems during assignment of tasks such as mentioned people may try to push the task to someone else who is not actually in charge of it. First warn them tête-à-tête and if this move does not work, warn them in the group talk. If the behaviour does not change despite these warnings, there is left only one way more: explaining why you cannot work together anymore and wanting them to make a decision.
3)Losing the track of work being done by other members due to lack of communication
As I had denoted the importance of communication among the team members before, the team may get split into pieces if correlated departments do not provide the information flow well. A team is like a system of gears; when a gear malfunctions, the whole system turns out to be out of order. For example having a common Whatsapp group could be one of the easiest solutions to it. By the courtesy of this group, each member will be able to know what their team mates are doing.