42 minutes | Feb 9th 2021

What the Last Year Taught Us About Teamwork

Can we all agree that scheduling a Zoom meeting or two doesn't necessarily make a team better? Hopefully that's not the only lesson we take away from the past year.

It's been a challenging time for work teams in many ways. Remote work pushed co-workers apart at the very moment they needed to come together to address the urgent business crises created by the pandemic. And while 2020 was a challenge, 2021 hasn't exactly gotten off to a great start either. Despite that, there are signs of spring amidst our winter of discontent.

The pressures of the past year pushed companies to adapt in ways that have the potential to create positive change in how work gets done, says Jen Dennard, co-founder and COO at Range.co, a collaboration software company. "There's such innovation in how teams work," she says. "And it's not going to be limited to just knowledge workers."

In this episode, Jen breaks down the state of teamwork at work and why she's optimistic about the future. Highlights of the conversation include:

  • The important distinction between effectiveness and productivity.
  • How team management has evolved in the face of prolonged crisis.
  • What managers can do to better manage teams in a remote environment.
  • How hybrid work reshapes how teams interact.

Plus, co-host Mike Prokopeak asks why work teams seem to be working despite all the challenges while teamwork in politics is so dysfunctional, and Siobhan Fagan works in a choice "I Love Lucy" reference. Listen in to find out more.

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