A chain is only as strong as its weakest link … and in many cases this is very true in a business environment as well. The different components of your business interlinks and are interdependent, so it follows that the employees involved are too. Yet recent research shows that nearly 40% of workers expressed a lack of collaboration in the workplace.
Participants in the study also ventured that collaboration would be encouraged by the following: positive recognition of shared input (50%), encouragement from senior staff (41%) and being able to share input easily between different departments (33%).
To bring out the best in your business, you need to bring out the best in your employees. Here are some ideas to promote collaboration and team work.
Live the brand
To encourage employees to collaborate on projects, they need to understand exactly what they are working towards. Once they understand what the company stands for, what the brand values are and how the company implements its mission and vision, employees will be more motivated to work together and collaborate across the board to secure the company’s success. The business needs employee buy-in to work as a unit.
SharePoint Online: A cloud-based service, hosted by Microsoft, for businesses of all sizes. Instead of installing and deploying SharePoint Server on-premises, any business can subscribe to an Office 365 plan or to the standalone SharePoint Online service. Your employees can create sites to share documents and information with colleagues, partners, and customers. Give Office a try.
Clear channels of communication
Make sure that management has clear channels of communication through which they can communicate the core aims and functions of the company to the employees. There should also be clear and easily accessible channels of communication between employees, through which they can drive collaboration. If you regularly and clearly communicate with your teams, they will find it easier to communicate among themselves. And if you make it easy to collaborate by implementing a strong intercompany communication structure, they will collaborate more freely.
Hold regular workshops and interdepartmental solution sessions where employees are encouraged to think creatively and brainstorm out-of-the-box solutions for pain points as well as new business ideas. Use these as “cross-pollination” opportunities as well as using the chance to initiate collaborative partnerships between members of different teams.
Collaboration between employees can turn your business from good to great, as it establishes a sense of team spirit and team identity. It adds value to not only the products and services offered by the company, but also the company culture.
Creating communication channels and platforms is crucial to stimulating collaboration between employees. Contact Resolve Immix today for more on our innovative Microsoft SharePoint solutions.