Study: Face-to-face communication is critical to team performance
  • leadership
  • Blog post

Study: Face-to-face communication is critical to team performance

Managers who rely too much on e-mail risk compromising their teams’ performance, a new study says.

The reason? While a great tool for exchanging information, e-mail is weak at building trust. And teams need both information and trust among members to do their best work.

Researchers from George Mason University and the University of Illinois tested the trust responses of 232 students organized in groups. Result: Groups that met face to face were more trusting – and better able to complete tasks – than those that communicated by e-mail. Groups that used videoconferences fell in between.

The researchers recommend that managers get all their people – including remote workers – together at intervals to “recharge” mutual trust.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share:

Get a demo of all our training features

Connect with an expert for a one-on-one demonstration of how Rapid Learning can help develop your team.