The five biggest collaboration blockers

Get people working together and sharing ideas, and innovation will follow. So what's holding them back?

by MT staff

‘No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team,’ said Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn.

So why are businesses still struggling to get their teams to work together and collaborate? Here are the five biggest blockers:

Different generations, different styles

Veterans. Baby boomers. Generation X. Millennials. Generation Z. Today’s workforce is a real mix. You’ll find everyone from digital-first teenagers to company-loyal workers in their 70s. And getting all these people working together isn’t always easy. ‘Baby boomers tend to work by themselves; they’re quite siloed and want to keep their heads down and get the job done,’ says Kerri Hollis, product marketing manager for Intelligent Communications, Microsoft UK. ‘Generation Z, on the other hand, are really collaborative. They’ll move around to seek and share information. The big challenge is how you empower all these different generations to work together.’ Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365, cuts across organisational and generational boundaries by allowing private chats or group conversations take place from anywhere and across mobile, desktop or browsers. The work that traditionally required an in-person meeting happens right in the hub – through chat, calls, smaller group video conferences, and shared files – faster than before and from virtually anywhere.

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