The importance of good staff collaboration cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, many workers nowadays see the lack of effective collaboration as a major obstacle to company growth. Failure to communicate, along with the inability to delegate or ask for support lead to workflow bottlenecks. Work is left undone, staff members get stress, job satisfaction plummets, and your business suffers as a result.
Good staff collaboration does not fall out of the sky, in fact, team builders know the time and effort required to build and develop good staff teamwork. Considering the enormous benefits of good staff collaboration, any investment of time and effort must surely be worth it.
Why Effective Teamwork is Often Missing
Large companies with thousands of employees can struggle to foster good teamwork, but the problem also arises in medium and small businesses. In my experience, the main reason for poor collaboration is the lack of nurturing of a team spirit. Company leaders do not prioritize team building because they are unaware of the need to actively encourage and promote good staff relations.
Let’s take a look at some effective team building strategies.
Management must lead from the top and firstly personalize contact with staff. Rather than sending out generic emails, leaders need to communicate with each staff member as an individual. This will encourage a closer, more personal relationship between staff members. When staff members are acknowledged and valued as individuals and foster good working relationships, they are more likely to ask each other for assistance and collaborate whenever possible.
Working Together to Reach a Joint Objective
Leaders need to create a team spirit by outlining joint goals and encouraging collaboration in the reaching of these goals. When staff members are aware of the overall business strategy and targets, and feel a sense of joint purpose, they are more likely to collaborate more closely.
Team Building Activities and Friendships
Bringing staff members on joint outings may incur costs, however, when staff befriends each other, they tend to work together more closely.
Open-plan offices are in vogue nowadays, precisely because this kind of space lends itself to closer collaboration and an increased flow in creativity.
It is however equally important to provide some space for privacy. Phone boxes or small staff rooms can provide privacy and space for brainstorming and friendship building.
Foster Talent Development
It is also vital to encourage individual staff members to use their specific talents and areas of expertise. This will raise motivation levels and highlight to each individual that she/he is a valued member of staff. This will also result in staff members asking each other for help with specific tasks.
Undoubtedly, companies can greatly benefit from harnessing the talents and creativity of individual staff members.
Team Building Platforms
An increasing number of businesses are using interactive company platforms where employees can exchange information, share expertise, learn, and communicate on a day-to-day basis. This can be particularly useful for large companies and a widely dispersed workforce.
Some companies even introduce a social media platform for employees to join. As a means of communication and encouraging collaboration, such use of social media can be highly beneficial.
Team Meetings and Video Conferencing
Holding regular staff meetings, online or off, is essential to keep everyone up to speed and encourage good collaboration.
If you invest sufficient thought and effort into promoting good staff collaboration, your company will greatly benefit. Workflows will improve and your business will run far more smoothly.
As an individual, you can also benefit from trying to build good working relationships with colleagues. Providing mutual support is a sure way to improve job satisfaction and overall wellbeing.