May 24, 2022
INSEAD Knowledge recently published insight coauthored by Constance Noonan Hadley, Lecturer of Management and Organizations, on the rise of hybridity in the workforce and how it has altered the use of teamwork.
In the article, Constance and her coauthor elaborate on the history of teamwork and why it is important for organizations to reconsider the costs and benefits of fostering it. The authors found that a great deal of time and energy must be spent on coordinating the work; establishing a healthy balance and resolving conflicts; aligning motivations and efforts; and putting together combined deliverables. When some of a team’s members work global, remotely, or in the office, hybrid models multiply all of these known costs significantly. In light of these important factors, the authors proposed a way to reduce some of these costs by creating more cohesive teams and breaking down tasks into smaller ones, stating,
“This type of configuration still requires plenty of coordination – perhaps even more so. Yet the process becomes more streamlined and controllable.”