Why does the news seem so unreliable

Standard 6: reliability

What's this?

Reliability is an important skill that contributes to collaborative learning and collaboration. If a person is reliable, then they will stand by the agreements they have made. Others can then take their word for it. This also includes making commitments carefully. If you have given your word, you stick to it and fulfill your promises conscientiously and punctually. If this is not possible due to special circumstances, you inform those to whom you have promised it in good time and make it clear that and for what reason you cannot keep your promises and then look for solutions together.

Why should you be reliable?

Reliability is essential for all cooperation processes involving the division of labor. The timely and content-wise adequate accomplishment of a large task, in which numerous people are involved, is only possible if each individual reliably makes his or her contribution to the bigger picture. Unreliable behavior jeopardizes the success of teamwork. Unreliable people put a strain on the other team members by making this extra effort to compensate for the unreliability. Individual unreliability can lead to poor overall results and often has negative consequences for the whole group. You can trust reliable people. This takes the pressure off and makes working together easier and more pleasant.

In which situations is reliability important?

Reliability is always important when several people want to achieve a goal together. Learning in a team and collaborative project work are important examples of this. Reliability is also important in daily dealings with one another, e.g. B. between fellow students of considerable importance. Here, too, one must be able to rely on the word given by others.


  • Making promises and promises carelessly
  • Do not make promises that cannot be kept or overwhelm you
  • Failure to keep promises and promises
  • Taking on tasks in group work, then “diving in” and not letting anything else be heard from you, not even when asked
  • Take over work packages and then do them late or sloppily
  • Make it appear that you are working on the assigned tasks, but are really not doing anything
  • When you realize that you cannot keep an agreement, keep it to yourself and just let things come your way without informing the others
  • Team meetings appear late or not at all


  • Think carefully about which promises you can give and then stick to the promises made
  • Complete accepted work packages punctually and carefully
  • If promises cannot be kept, inform others in good time
  • Arrive on time for team meetings