By Deb Seidman
Annual research on trends in human capital management from Bersin by Deloitte listed “the rise of teams” as the top trend for 2016. Teams continue to be at the forefront of how work gets done in 2017. Bersin predicts: “To thrive in the digital age organizations should focus on breaking functional groups into smaller teams, customer-centric learning, experimentation and time-to-market. Organizations should examine the way work gets done and then provide support mechanisms to facilitate cross-functional success”.
According to Fast Company’s top five trends for 2017 the teams are becoming more complex, blending employee and contingent workers, on-site and virtual team members. “One trend we’re already seeing is the spread of cross-functional, ad hoc, and steering teams—which in many cases replace or supplement the work of a traditional, full-time team of people all working onsite together in the same department”.
More and more, work gets done by cross-functional teams that come together on specific projects. Advances in technology has facilitated working in this way. However, only 21% of the companies polled by Deloitte believe they know how to build cross-functional teams and only 12% understand how people work together in networks. [Read more…]