Research shows that simply feeling like you’re part of a team of people working on a task can make people more motivated as they take on challenges. In a study by Stanford, participants who were primed to act collaboratively stuck at their task 64% longer than their solitary peers, whilst also reporting higher engagement levels, lower fatigue levels and a higher success rate.
In another study that examined over 1,100 companies on the topic of collaboration and found that companies that promoted collaborative working were 5 times as likely to be high performing. The researchers found that while many companies aspired to be collaborative, a relative minority managed to achieve good results. One important factor is offering an incentive to be collaborative.
“The lack of incentives and rewards is the most common and powerful barrier to effective collaboration. Yet, most talent management systems are designed to reward individual achievement, not team accomplishments,” said Kevin Martin, Chief Research Officer, i4cp. “Finding ways to recognize and reward individuals, leaders, and teams who engage in productive collaborative behaviours can pay off in a big way.”