One of the concrete ways that work relationships can improve our productivity is through collaborating. Collaborating means that you and at least one other person are putting your heads together to hopefully come up with a better solution than each one of you would have had on your own.
In his article, Collaboration Rules: Five Reasons Why Collaboration Matters Now More Than Ever, originally published in O'Reilly Media and reprinted at www.Forbes.com, author Joshua Michele Ross points out one of the key reasons collaboration is even more pivotal now:
As our organizations slowly diffuse across time zones and space, collaboration is a glue to keep people together.
Collaboration requires communication to function ...