Odgers Berndtson: How to Make Collaboration Most Effective
In this article, Odgers Berndtson looks at what makes collaboration both effective and efficient. Citing research from Harvard Business Review, the piece notes that the amount of time spent in collaborative activities has significantly increased in the last decade and employees spend upwards of 80 percent of their work time performing collaborative tasks. While collaboration is essential to business development and has many benefits, including encouraging innovative thinking and ideas, there are downsides to too great a focus on it.
Managing multiple meetings and collaborative tools which can cause employees to burn out and an entire team/project waiting on one person’s input are two examples of how relying too heavily on collaborative work can cost an organization (and its employees). It’s also possible that the time an employees devotes to collaborative work may be taking too much time away from being able to focus on core work.
Odgers Berndtson discusses how leaders can approach collaboration within their organization in ways that are efficient and productive for all.