“According to a 2016 article in January’s Harvard Business Review, the time spent by managers and employees in “collaborative activities” has increased by 50 percent in the past two decades. While authors Rob Cross, Rebe Rebele and Adam Grant find much to applaud, their article – “Collaborative Overload” – questioned whether the collaboration wave had gone too far.
At some organizations, they say, 80 percent of employees’ time is spent on the phone or in meetings. Performance is suffering as workers “are buried under an avalanche of requests for input or advice, access to resources or attendance at a meeting.”
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