If we can learn anything from the Avengers (other than the responsibility of being a superhero seems to be totally easy to shoulder) it is that collaboration is amazingly effective when it comes to getting a job done. We don’t want to say teamwork makes the dream work but…. Too late. The reason collaboration is so awesome is because you’re not just harnessing the skills and talents of individual employees, you’re bringing them together to create an unstoppable force united by a common goal. Wow, that makes it sound important, which it is.
What you may not realize is that collaboration is good for business in a plethora of ways. It boosts bottom-line, increase productivity and boosts job satisfaction, all of which will benefit your clients and customers. The only real problem is trying to implement a collaborative approach to your business environment.
You can’t hope for your employees and managers to grab this idea of collaboration by the horns and run with it if you don’t communicate your wishes for this to be the minimum standard. What communicating this policy will do is let each member of each team better understand their roles and take more responsibility for the outcomes of their team. This will help you improve your sales too. Not only that but, by making every employee of yours accountable for quality and accuracy, you will also improve customer satisfaction.
We live in a tech-addicted world and that has affected no area as much as connectivity (aka collaboration). On the one hand, you have smart software, like that found here https://businesskitbag.com/p/project-management/smartsheet/, which allows your employees to share and collaborate on single tasks and, on the other hand, you have entire platforms designed to keep employees on the same page with quarterly tasks no matter where they are working from. By leveraging this tech to suit your needs, you can reduce time and money, whilst simultaneously improve productivity.
One of the most inherent horrors we all face is being laughed at for what we deem to be a stupid question or a silly suggestion. By getting ridding your company of this sort of mentality and ushering in a new era of non-judgemental brainstorming, you will see a can-do attitude swallow your entire workforce, as well as the benefits described on http://www.success.com/blog/6-underlying-benefits-of-asking-questions. A great way to usher this in is through leadership training. That way you can encourage people to develop faster and understand what you want from them and see them become their very best without fear. Without questions we can’t move forward, so let that be known.
This idea of better transparency seems to be taking the world by storm. Public want more transparency from governments and employees want more transparency from their employers. As such, find a way to include everyone in a team in as many decisions as you can. Big and small decisions too. By keeping everyone on the same page and getting them to sing off the same hymn sheet, you will see your employees start to really concentrate their efforts in a way that benefits everyone and that is the epitome of collaboration.