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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.
Helpful employees build a reputation for being capable and willing and are continually drawn into collaborative efforts and requests, resulting in a lack of performance. Unfortunately, this teamwork often happens under the radar and go unrecognised by management.
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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.
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.
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