Collaborative Overload

Collaborative working is held up as a preferred way of working that will help us to meet some of the business challenges we face. However, a lack of clear understanding of the attitudes and behaviours it requires can lead to unforeseen consequences.

Collaborative working is held up as a preferred way of working that will help us to meet some of the business challenges we face. However, a lack of clear understanding of the attitudes and behaviours it requires can lead to perhaps unforeseen consequences.

The more in demand a colleague can be both for their willingness to contribute, and for the value they bring, the greater the toll can be on their wellbeing and engagement levels, for example.

The article suggests that collaborative working needs to be managed carefully and identifies two key elements to consider - Redistribution and Reward.  Senior leadership needs to signal the importance of managing teamwork thoughtfully, and to help individuals and groups to learn more about effective collaboration. Collaborative working is an attitude and a set of skills that need to be learned, both by individuals and teams.

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Collaborative working – a case in point. Brathay ran a successful programme, leading to enhanced relationships and added value for two organisations. Read our case study here.