What do you think of when you hear “group work?” The traumas of middle school? Or the focused and coordinated teams you work on in your job? Because, as it turns out, adult working life is largely team work! We work in teams all the time: on joint projects, in labs, on committees, when writing and editing, when sharing our results with others and getting feedback — almost nothing in academic life is a solo job.

But it will come as no surprise that, even though teams and group work are the norm for many, if not most of us, from grade school through to retirement, we often don’t work on teams that…