The competitive environment of today demands increased innovation. And innovation demands increased collaboration and teamwork. Yet effective teamwork remains elusive for the majority of organisations.
Research published in the Harvard Business Review found that “time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50% or more over the last two decades – at many companies more than 75% of an employee’s day is spent collaborating with colleagues.”. However, the research also found that:
”In most cases, 20% to 35% of value-added collaborations come from only 3% to 5% of employees.”.
So whilst we’ve moved to open plan offices and increased the number of creative thinking spaces, we still have a lot to learn about teaming and making collaboration work.