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Collaboration Gone Wrong – Are Toxic Colleagues a Thing of the Past?


Sep 16, 2020






We’ve all experienced difficult co-workers — the ones only interested in themselves, taking credit for other people’s work, constantly looking for promotion over others and avoiding team collaboration.

 

Generally speaking, a toxic colleague is someone who’s unaware of the effect of their behavior on others — they’re snappy and unpleasant, without any regard for those around them. At one time, these traits might have been seen as ambition, and the sheer will to succeed would have been rewarded, but that’s not the case now.

As we move into the next decade of the 21st century, our rapidly-changing world of work now values Talent such as , creativity skills, problem solving, emotional intelligence and good communication skills.

 

 

Work is all About Collaboration and There’s no Room for Toxic Colleagues

 

Why have businesses’ preferred skills changed? Well, in a more globalized society, employees often work in virtual international teams in collaboration with people from different cultures. It’s so easy to accidentally miscommunicate if you don’t consciously adapt your behavior.

 

Even without cross-cultural communication barriers, virtual cooperation without face-to-face interaction leaves so much room for misunderstanding. You’ll need to work intentionally at being more “human” and personable in these situations.

 

 

Teamwork puts collaboration skills front and center

 

The flatter management structures that have become common also put more emphasis on joint effort. There’s far less top-down management, so collaborative teams are even more important to the success of the company. A successful team needs to have creativity skills and problem solving skills without relying on their managers. And to do that, they have to collaborate effectively.

 

 

The Cost of Failed Collaboration

 

How often have you received an email or text which, to put it nicely, could be misconstrued as being aggressive or rude? If you’re unable to address issues face-to-face with colleagues, a team (both real and virtual) can quickly disintegrate. It’s common sense, really. If team members don’t like working with a particular person, they’ll try to avoid interaction, which means the team can no longer function effectively.

 

Leadership gurus have taken this one step further, suggesting that even top performers should be asked to leave if their colleagues find them difficult to work with. When someone’s work is improving the company’s bottom line, this can be hard to do. However, as Gary Vaynerchuk (the CEO of media company Vayner X) explains, toxic behavior is like a growing cancer. Several valuable employees might leave the company because of this one toxic individual.

 

 

The Importance of Collaboration in the Modern Business Environment

 

Technological innovation also drives this new focus on Team work . Machine learning and artificial intelligence are making it possible for computers to take over many repetitive, mundane tasks, leaving us humans to focus on the tasks that require human beings. “Human skills” like idea-generating and complex problem solving skills are essential to a company’s future success, and the best way to harness those skills is through Joint effort

 

No company is immune from the pressure to adapt. Hotels, taxi services, online shopping, photo printing — all these industries have had to radically change how they operated when faced with major innovation. Responding to this kind of rapidly-changing environment requires  participation and teamwork, and the more effective and cohesive a team is, the more resilient the company becomes.

 

It’s not just the employees who have to be more collaborative, either — leaders do too. The World Economic Forum examined the skills needed for those in charge as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution. Click here to read more of their report.

 

 

Improving Your Collaboration Capability

 

All this means that in the modern workplace, protecting your own interests won’t help you. Employees will be rewarded for their ability to function well in groups, share knowledge, and generate ideas with others. The good news is, these collaboration skills can be learned through online courses like ours.

 

The first step is awareness, developing your emotional intelligence by consciously thinking about your impact on others. Our online courses, based on the World Economic Forum’s findings, also cover creativity skills, , complex problem solving, and communication skills — the essential soft skills for the new industrial age.

 

 

 

 

We’ve all experienced difficult co-workers — the ones only interested in themselves, taking credit for other people’s work, constantly looking for promotion over others and avoiding team collaboration.

 

Generally speaking, a toxic colleague is someone who’s unaware of the effect of their behavior on others — they’re snappy and unpleasant, without any regard for those around them. At one time, these traits might have been seen as ambition, and the sheer will to succeed would have been rewarded, but that’s not the case now.

As we move into the next decade of the 21st century, our rapidly-changing world of work now values Talent such as , creativity skills, problem solving, emotional intelligence and good communication skills.

 

 

Work is all About Collaboration and There’s no Room for Toxic Colleagues

 

Why have businesses’ preferred skills changed? Well, in a more globalized society, employees often work in virtual international teams in collaboration with people from different cultures. It’s so easy to accidentally miscommunicate if you don’t consciously adapt your behavior.

 

Even without cross-cultural communication barriers, virtual cooperation without face-to-face interaction leaves so much room for misunderstanding. You’ll need to work intentionally at being more “human” and personable in these situations.

 

 

Teamwork puts collaboration skills front and center

 

The flatter management structures that have become common also put more emphasis on joint effort. There’s far less top-down management, so collaborative teams are even more important to the success of the company. A successful team needs to have creativity skills and problem solving skills without relying on their managers. And to do that, they have to collaborate effectively.

 

 

The Cost of Failed Collaboration

 

How often have you received an email or text which, to put it nicely, could be misconstrued as being aggressive or rude? If you’re unable to address issues face-to-face with colleagues, a team (both real and virtual) can quickly disintegrate. It’s common sense, really. If team members don’t like working with a particular person, they’ll try to avoid interaction, which means the team can no longer function effectively.

 

Leadership gurus have taken this one step further, suggesting that even top performers should be asked to leave if their colleagues find them difficult to work with. When someone’s work is improving the company’s bottom line, this can be hard to do. However, as Gary Vaynerchuk (the CEO of media company Vayner X) explains, toxic behavior is like a growing cancer. Several valuable employees might leave the company because of this one toxic individual.

 

 

The Importance of Collaboration in the Modern Business Environment

 

Technological innovation also drives this new focus on Team work . Machine learning and artificial intelligence are making it possible for computers to take over many repetitive, mundane tasks, leaving us humans to focus on the tasks that require human beings. “Human skills” like idea-generating and complex problem solving skills are essential to a company’s future success, and the best way to harness those skills is through Joint effort

 

No company is immune from the pressure to adapt. Hotels, taxi services, online shopping, photo printing — all these industries have had to radically change how they operated when faced with major innovation. Responding to this kind of rapidly-changing environment requires  participation and teamwork, and the more effective and cohesive a team is, the more resilient the company becomes.

 

It’s not just the employees who have to be more collaborative, either — leaders do too. The World Economic Forum examined the skills needed for those in charge as we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution. Click here to read more of their report.

 

 

Improving Your Collaboration Capability

 

All this means that in the modern workplace, protecting your own interests won’t help you. Employees will be rewarded for their ability to function well in groups, share knowledge, and generate ideas with others. The good news is, these collaboration skills can be learned through online courses like ours.

 

The first step is awareness, developing your emotional intelligence by consciously thinking about your impact on others. Our online courses, based on the World Economic Forum’s findings, also cover creativity skills, , complex problem solving, and communication skills — the essential soft skills for the new industrial age.

 

 

 

 



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