New Deloitte Collaboration Study laments meetings & distractions costs

According to a new Deloitte Australia report, The Collaborative Economy, overlong meetings, distractions and failed projects are costing their economy $5.4 billion per annum.

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Based on a survey of 1,000 Australian employees and managers conducted in June 2014 the report estimated the value of time employees and managers spend collaborating each year ($46 Billion) and the wastage due to poor collaboration.

The survey suggests that 46% of a typical work day is spent interacting with others (compared to 39% doing individual work). This obviously varies by job type and seniority but reinforces the reality view that "today work is much more conversations rather than doing things."

Reading through the report there a few interesting statistics, such as:

• 30% of participants want to collaborate more
• Women are slightly more collaborative than men
• 30% feel their organisation has become more collaborative in the last 3 years (and 6% felt their organisations had become less)

However I was more drawn to an interesting section on "Collaborative Tools" which although it placed e-tools at the top of the list the next three items were surprisingly more mundane things such as common areas, meeting rooms and open plan offices.

This resonates for me with Tom DeMarco's excellent thesis in Peopleware that you can get a better return on productivity improvements by just taking care of the simple stuff!

Download the full survey here.


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