Organizational Dynamics Survey: Most Businesses Have a Teamwork Problem

5 Dynamics survey finds 1/3 of employees have considered leaving a job because of a team environment

AUSTIN, Texas--()--5 Dynamics today announced the results of a survey that reveals how teams collaborate in the modern workplace. The results show that team dynamics are a source of frustration for many and that negative team interactions drive employees to leave their jobs. The survey also revealed that the tools that can be initiated by businesses to improve collaboration are rarely applied.

The survey included 500 full-time workers living in the United States. Of the respondents, a majority were between the ages of 25 and 34 (38.6%) and 35-44 (25.6%), with seasoned professionals aged 45 to 64 making up 28.4% of the responses.

Key findings include:

  • A majority of employees work in teams, and a negative team environment can drive an employee to leave their job:
    • Most survey respondents reported that they work in teams either sometimes (28.6%) or often (28.8%)
    • The largest portion (41.2%) reported that they sometimes feel friction while collaborating.
    • Less than 10% of survey respondents prefer to work exclusively in teams, while 43% prefer to work individually. Nearly half prefer to work in some combination of individuals/teams.
    • Almost 1/3 of respondents have previously considered leaving their job because of negative team environments and 1/6 of survey respondents are currently considering leaving a job for this reason.
  • Motivating others, executive changes, and company expansion cause stress and productivity issues:
    • Employees reported experiencing the most frustration when trying to motivate others (35.1%), executing on plans (27.4%), and during the planning phase (26.9%).
    • Major changes at the corporate and executive level, as well as company expansion, compound team stress and productivity issues. Thirty-five percent of respondents reported feeling less productive during executive changes, and 27.1% cited rapid company growth as the root issue for lack of team efficiency.
  • Companies are using collaboration tools but employees aren’t applying them:
    • 41.5% of respondents’ companies are using a variety of tests and tools to help understand the working styles and behavioral preferences of their employees.
    • However, 85% use and apply these tools only sometimes, rarely, or never in their work environment.

“While it’s encouraging to see that some companies are turning to collaboration tools in an effort to create better team environments, management and HR must move from utilizing tools as an event based activity and instead look for tools that can be used on a daily basis and align with the way that teams get work done,” said Karen Gordon, CEO, 5 Dynamics. “Using these as daily tools that enable employees to understand and work better with each other will ultimately improve team-based relationships, efficiency, and collaboration, and enhance efforts in attracting and retaining quality talent.”

For the full survey results and infographic, visit

About 5 Dynamics

5 Dynamics is a proven approach to building operational efficiency and improving team dynamics through understanding people’s natural energy and effort in four key areas of workflow: Explore (brainstorming), Excite (selling an idea), Examine (planning), and Execute (taking action). With psychometrics and basic neuroscience at its core, 5 Dynamics is used in 260 customers in dozens of industries, where over 5000 teams have applied the program learnings to their everyday workflow. Click here to learn more about the 5 Dynamics method. Follow us on Twitter: @5Dynamics, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


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Release Summary

5 Dynamics reveals findings of organizational dynamics survey; finds businesses have a teamwork problem.


INK (for 5 Dynamics)
Caitlin New, 512-382-8990