Fostering Effective Workplace Collaboration
Collaboration drives so much in a workplace. Collaborative teams have a deeper sense of trust, are more willing to take risks, and are supportive of each other more consistently. It’s a powerful trait to infuse into any work team. How best to collaborate depends on many factors: the teams, the work, the need and the project. Yet there are common traits every effective collaborative workplace shows. Moreover, employees are increasingly searching for companies that foster collaborative cultures and utilize modern tools and technology.
Workplace Collaboration Best Practices
It starts at the top. Organizations become more collaborative when senior business leaders
model the right behaviors, investing time and energy in building partnerships that create mutually beneficial outcomes. If the boss isn’t onboard, issuing an edict to foster collaboration is pointless.
Get the right kind of people. Recruitment and HR departments need to focus on hiring and developing people who will embrace a collaborative workplace culture. Mentorship, training, conflict resolution, and leadership development are paramount.
Workplace communities and affinity groups. Employee collaboration happens best when there are layered, overlapping and diverse community elements operating within a company. These small communities could be organized around a shared interest, hobby, skillset, or cultural element, and can lead to effective relationship building across different functional areas of the company (sales vs. operations for example). Friendships foster collaboration.
Define the goals, understand the roles. Your employees will be more successful, more trusting and more collaborative when organizational goals and team member roles are clearly defined from the outset. Each team member should be able to see the big picture and understand how their work contributes to overall organizational successful outcomes.
Various Forms of Workplace Collaboration
In a recent book, Heidi K. Gardner, a distinguished fellow at Harvard Law School, describes “smart collaborations” as falling into one of three categories:
- Employees use individual and specialized expertise to solve specific problems or issues
- Teams of employees collectively create a solution.
- An outside expert brings best practices to bear on an issue, rather than asking employees to reinvent the wheel.
In each case, Gardner argues, smart collaborations are not successful unless they are given time to grow and thrive. These smart collaborations need to gel over multiple projects. This repeated success drives the creation of a culture that embraces collaboration.
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