The time has come to check whether the benefits of teamwork are still outweighing the costs.
Most white-collar employees have spent the bulk of their career working in teams. However, the rise of hybridity is changing work paradigms in ways that make us wonder whether we still need teams. We’re not saying this lightly: Between the two us, we’ve spent more than 40 years examining the ins and outs of teams in organisations. Our recent conversations with employees at all levels have made something clear: While concern about work-life balance, burnout, employee disconnection and turnover is common, those that seem to worry the most are those leading or working in teams. It’s good to take a step back and remember that teamwork—to the extent that it’s used now—is relatively new. Enabled by technological advances, it onl