Routine admin tasks hamper collaborative work

Valueless tasks

On average, business and IT decision makers from UK organisations waste 27 percent of their time at work on valueless tasks claims research from Vanson Bourne, commissioned by Dropbox  in a report called The State of Collaboration. The study claims that monotonous admin is starving UK businesses of innovation.

The findings suggest that decision makers in the modern workplace are spending too much time on administrative tasks, which is preventing them from focusing their time on creative activities and being productive. As a result, almost two-fifths (38 percent) said that increasing employee productivity is a main priority for the business over the next 12 months. But in order to do this, the majority (84 percent) said they need the ability to meet the various collaborative working needs of different teams.

“The pace of technological change has us racing around from morning until night, working every minute and attempting to squeeze as much as we can out of a day. With concerns about a burnout epidemic on the rise, the way we work needs to change,” said Adrienne Gormley, Head of EMEA, Dropbox. “With decision makers being time poor, it is of paramount importance that organisations can reduce this waste and maximise the amount of time that their employees are allocating towards creative and business critical activities.”

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Recognising the problem is a good start, with more than half (51 percent) believing that significant or large improvements are needed when it comes to collaborative working across teams. That’s because, for eight-in-10, the overall success of their organisation depends on them reinventing the way that teams collaborate. Despite the challenges that could arise as a result of this need for improvement, only 4 percent have not experienced any barriers to improving collaborative working.

Although moving towards a more collaborative working culture will not be simple, the research suggests that a connected workspace, which brings together people, tools, content and the conversations around them, can lay the groundwork for a collaborative culture, whilst driving the organisation forward in the process. In fact, 85 percent say that a connected workspace that does all of these things would improve business results and the way that their teams work.

As such, collaboration tools are among the biggest investment priorities for over a third (35 percent) over the next 12-24 months. And its money well prioritised – 83 percent believe that investment in a unified workspace will improve the way that employees at their organisation collaborate internally and externally.