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Selfish habits & poor tech hindering collaboration

Selfish habits and poor technology are hindering collaboration, according to recent research. Collaboration in the workplace is what every business aims to achieve – after all, it means coming together to create something that people can’t create on their own. However, getting people to work effectively together is not always that easy, as new research reveals.

Computer Business Review teamed up with Sharp to survey 1,000 UK office workers to find out how successful businesses are in creating a culture of collaboration in the workplace.
In short: they’re struggling, with selfish employee habits added to by technology that only serves to hinder, rather than facilitate, collaboration.

As per the study, nearly half (46%) of workers in the UK work with colleagues who forget to share important information or documents with them, resulting in what could prove to be crucial missed opportunities.

Here at e-Resolve, we encounter this all the time and it is a major opportunity highlighted for many organisations through our people, process and organisational culture landscape reviews, so that particular finding didn’t come as a great surprise.

Nor did the discovery that the same number of people (46%) endure colleagues talking over them and others in meetings – a disruptive working environment feeds on workers feeling like colleagues are not prepared to help them in their work. It’s hardly a basis for collaboration.
However, that British stiff upper lip means that over a quarter of UK workers (26%) prefer to do nothing about colleagues’ selfishness.

The onus, then, is on businesses to actively facilitate better collaboration between employees.
Dr Nigel Oseland, Sharp’s workplace strategist and change manager, suggests that the key to getting people to work together productively is providing them with the “right tools”.
However, 45% of workers think that the technology in their office actually makes it more difficult to share information.

If you don’t think you have such a problem with technology applications, consider that half of workers ignore problems with the communal office technology. Your tech could, in fact, be hindering collaboration, but users are not making you aware of this.

It could be well worth your time, then, having e-Resolve objectively assess the effectiveness of your enterprise resource planning (ERP) before helping you realise and maximise the benefits of those solutions. Reviewing people, process and organisational culture in conjunction with technology can often reveal hitherto unseen ostacles to collaboration in the workplace.

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