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Protecting high performers from "collaboration overload"

Protecting high performers from "collaboration overload"

From when we were young, we learned that helping others is a virtue. But when we entered the business world, we soon discovered that being a helper at the office comes at a cost. 

High performers are often drawn away from their own work to help other employees and are asked to carry more weight. It's vital that organisations empower their workers to protect their time and sanity, so their desire to help doesn't cause more harm than good.

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Top performers know that saying "yes" to collaboration requests means saying "no" to other things. 

Collaborative work is the time we spend working with and helping others. This includes email, phone calls and video chats. According to McKinsey, collaboration activities consume 42% of a knowledge worker's time, leaving less time for uninterrupted deeper work.

We could blame Zoom and Slack for our difficulty finding time to focus, but the story is more complex. Studies show that 20% - 35% of value-added collaboration comes from 3% - 5% of employees. 

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