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The rise of collaboration @ work (& what you can do about it)

In the last decade, the amount that the average knowledge worker is expected to collaborate with people who are not part of their immediate team has increased a lot. Maybe an incalculable amount. With the advent of open-plan offices, 24-hour connectivity to Slack, Facebook Workplaces, and more, there’s basically no limit to how much of your day can get sucked into collaboration instead of carving out alone time to accomplish things. With studies suggesting that 70% – 85% of the average knowledge worker’s time is spent attending, preparing for, or following up on meetings, it’s clear that for all of the advantages of workplace collaboration, the costs are mounting, too. So what are the signs that there’s too much collaboration happening at your workplace, and what can you do to help ease it?

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