It is common for organizations to experience too much collaboration, too many teams and meetings and too many people involved in decisions. The collaborative overload falls most heavily on our high-performers.
The solution, as we become more connected, is at the same time to simplify the way we collaborate.
Traditional teamwork with its requirement for synchronous (same time) meetings and calls and high levels of interdependence is a complex and expensive way of getting things done globally or regionally. It tends to drive a lot of meetings, travel and collective decision-making. Simpler ways of working through groups, networks and communities can help you deliver faster and with improved engagement.
People work together across barriers of distance, cultures, time zones, technology and organizational complexity which increase the costs and difficulty of cooperation.
A lot of collaboration happens in face-to-face and virtual meetings. Our participants tell us that they spend on average 40% of their time in meetings (more for senior leaders) and that 50% of this time is unnecessary. This means that a day per week (over six weeks per year) of your most expensive and skilled people’s time is spent in unnecessary collaboration.
Meetings are also the number one driver of business travel so unnecessary meetings may be costing a large proportion of your corporate travel budget each year.