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.
Open-plan offices automatically increase face time between employees, creating an open environment where ideas can flourish and creativity can be fostered. This leads to a natural collaboration as employees work together and share ideas in an organic way. It also increases transparency and cultivates a more positive and involved company culture, where the growing understanding and cohesion between employees strengthens as collaboration grows.
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.
Social media, contrary to traditional thinking, can improve productivity in that it allows for more interaction and therefore more collaboration between employees within the same team and between different teams as well. Employees can use tools such as Skype and Whatsapp to communicate more frequently and in a more informal setting, which can encourage creative and innovative thinking.
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 to 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.