Employees rejecting teamwork, survey shows

25-03-2009

Employees rejecting teamwork, survey shows
As the current economic downturn continues in the UK, many employees are now going it alone when it comes to projects at work, research has revealed.

Conducted by YouGov for BT Business, a survey discovered that workers are choosing to reject teamwork, which ten per cent claiming they are becoming more insular.

A further 27 per cent admit they are putting in longer hours while only 19 per cent said they preferred to work with colleagues, Human Resources Magazine reports.

Mike Bourne, professor of Business Performance at Cranfield University School of Management, said that team collaboration is essential for businesses to survive the recession.

"However, while some employees are understandably worried about job security, firms with business processes to automate teamwork are able to reconcile both workforce productivity and personal performance," he added.

Strongly in agreement, a spokesperson for ClickAJob emphasises that teamwork is critical to assuring a company's future.

"Nobody scores by working as a loner," he points out.

"You carry the can if things go wrong, there's no back-up to help you if they do - even worse, colleagues start thinking you don't trust them."

"Besides, what are you going to do keeping it to yourself, start up in business on your own? In most companies, that's against the law," he continues.

"United you stand, divided you fall - and that's truer at work than anywhere else - don't wreck your own career by turning your back on your colleagues," he concludes.

The Recruitment Society has advised jobseekers to ensure they stand out from the crowd during the recession by listing all their skills and expertise on their CV.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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