The Collaboration Conundrum: How to Enable Your Workforce

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Recognize Increased Age Diversity in the Workplace

The traditional way people work within an organization has changed a lot over the last few years. People are retiring earlier and changing jobs more frequently, and age gaps between team members are extremely varied. In order to better equip your workforce with the right tools, it is essential for leaders to recognize the full diversity of their workforce and ensure that appropriate options are available for people of all ages and levels.

The way people work is rapidly changing for most organizations. Technology now provides a new level of mobility for professionals that enables them to work how and where they want. But as these tools have brought employees freedom, teams are struggling to stay united. How can organizations work to deliver both flexibility and team trust while maintaining optimum productivity?

For example, some organizations that focused heavily on virtualization have now been forced to bring employees back together again as a result of fragmentation. Digital solutions allow teams to communicate more easily when apart, but it’s very difficult to fully replace the need for face-to-face interaction to improve the effectiveness of those communications. Technology may be providing new avenues for the workforce to collaborate while apart, but it’s possible that basic trust needs are preventing these efforts from reaching their full potential.

Everyone works differently and how people feel can further influence this process. We need to recognize that collaboration does not come naturally to everyone and enabling professionals to work with others more effectively is not an easy task. In this slideshow, Dr. Nicola Millard, head of customer insight & futures for BT Global Services Innovation Team, outlines five areas that companies should be aware of and work to improve.


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