A US survey has found miscommunication costs
businesses with up to 100 staff an average of US$420,000 per year
A Harvard Business Review study found that the time managers and employees spend on collaborative activities
has increased by more than 50% in the past 20 years.
A study of science recruiters found 60% of respondents rated the ability to work collaboratively
as most important, followed by adaptability
(45%) and interpersonal relationship building
(41%). Most respondents felt that applicants were lacking in these skills.
Notably, this study showed that employers considered soft skills
as important as academic ability. Yet both current and potential employees are often reported
as being "deficient" in these same skills.