What is hindering enterprise teams’ productivity and communication? According to this new study from Workfront, antiquated tools and lack of structure are causing office workers to put in more hours and increasing confusion in the workplace:
81% of office workers rate themselves as among the most productive in their office, over and above their co-workers (61%) and managers (53%) with regards to productivity. These findings are according to a survey by Workfront, the leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management solutions, and conducted by Harris Poll among more than 600 employed adults.
The findings further reveal that 90% of office workers experience conflict with other departments/groups/teams, up from 80% in 2014. Lack of communication/miscommunication (33%) and conflicting priorities (23%) are the two biggest reasons for cross-team conflict.
Lost productivity is the biggest casualty of cross-team conflict (36%), followed by low morale/high turnover (22%).
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“Eliminating wasteful meetings, finding a healthy work-life balance, and effectively collaborating with colleagues are all possible with the right discipline and the right tools. By implementing a work management application, workers have a single source of truth that allows complete visibility into the work being done and eliminates communication barriers on projects. More importantly, it allows teams to align with company priorities so that everyone is working on the right things at the right time,” says Joe Staples, chief marketing officer at Workfront.
Some interesting findings from the 2015 State of Work report by Workfront include:
While the picture looks bleak, not all is bad in the world of work because office workers are feeling the love, with 91% stating they feel at least one person at work “has my back.” Office workers are also feeling empowered at work (78%) and that their boss listens to them (87%). Additionally, most office workers feel that technology helps to improve their productivity.
More than 9 in 10 office workers who access work from anywhere (94%) say it has a positive impact on their productivity, as do roughly 8 in 10 of those who use mobile devices (82%) or project management software (79%) for work.
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