Collaborate to your heart’s content is my staff’s mantra. I WANT them to collaborate. I DON’T want them to sit behind their laptops working alone. But is there a downside to collaboration? Recent studies suggest there is. The idea that you or anyone has a perfect idea that is SO perfect it does not need another set of eyes, or additional input is, well, a bit short-sighted, leaning to narcissistic, and absolutely unrealistic. We are not islands, especially in our digital world. A simple click on our laptop opens chat boxes to colleagues in our office, friends all over the world, group pages dedicated to discussion, and more. If we are working alone, we are not hitting the mark. Or are we? Collaboration in the workplace can be misused and valuable employee time can be wasted. Effective collaboration rejects the notion that everyone must have a say and embraces the idea that for increased productivity there must be an appropriate amount of time allotted for collaboration and an equally appropriate amount of time allotted for the critical work employees must complete on their own. This session will help managers understand how to balance collaborative efforts with individual tasks. Attendees will take away: 1 - How to understand the supply and demand of collaborative work for greater collaborative efficiency. 2 - How to filter and prioritize requests (you probably don’t need 20 collaborators, but that WOULD be a great party). 3 - How to incorporate coaching and mentoring to lessen the need for collaborative efforts. 4 - How to effectively incorporate results-driven, timely collaboration into your office culture. 5 - How to leverage technology and physical space to make resources more accessible and transparent. 6 - How to avoid overwhelming employees with collaborative requests that may lead to underwhelming overall performance. 7 - How to balance gender participation in collaborative projects (stats show us that women are more commonly included in collaborative efforts, but not always in a leadership role). You can contact Jean at 801-875-2821 or firstname.lastname@example.org to talk further about how she can help you reach your goals through this presentation.