While it is clear from Cross’ pioneering research that collaborative overload is a growing problem, it’s one that is overlooked in most organizations.
In fact, ensuring that people/roles do not become so overloaded with collaborative demands that they are unable to make positive contributions was revealed in our research as a critical next practice. Though cited by 2.5x more high-performance organizations than low-performance organizations, only 16% overall indicated they are highly effective at this practice.
The final brief in i4cp’s four-part series on purposeful collaboration practices, conducted in partnership with Cross, has been released: download How to Avoid Collaborative Overload, available for a limited time.
This brief contains:
- Effective ways to identify and avoid collaborative overload
- Four research-based workplace practices that enable collaboration
- Several next practices high-performance organizations are implementing
- A link to Cross’ Collaborative Overload assessment
Each of the practices explored in the brief can be effective in helping to expose and/or remediate an aspect of collaboration that poses significant (and often hidden) risk to any organization: overload.