The introduction of Google+ got us at Your Workplace thinking about teams. Not just teamwork, but teams. Google+, a social networking tool, separates people into categories or “circles” (rather than throwing them into one bucket like Facebook friends). Some reviews claim this has advantages for the social media world (grouping people with similar interests, privacy concerns, etc.).
But in the world of work, “circles”, or teams can have their downfalls. While people get great satisfaction from working with a team, it’s a different story when the different teams across an organization (often known as “silos”) work together. According to the 2010 JRA Best Workplaces Survey, only 65% of employees felt that teams in their organization worked well together. The survey, run in conjunction with the New Zealand Herald, is claimed to be New Zealand’s largest annual workplace climate-employee engagement survey.
Organizations that have managed to figure out their “one thing” or common purpose are “the ones that perform the best and often have the strongest inter-team collaboration,” the JRA research suggests.