Monday 21st August 2017
Effective collaboration depends on providing the right tools and the correct environment. Highly effective organisations really value effective collaboration. However, it’s not just about removing office walls and going over to open plan; there is a balance to be achieved as not all employees work well in such an open environment. Nowadays, the emphasis is more on allowing employees to collaborate whenever and wherever they need to. Sometimes, you need to get your head down away from colleagues for brain space to complete that vital project. Encouraging effective collaborative in the workplace helps you and the business leverage the resources you have available. Those resources are your employees. When you and your team collaborate effectively, you can be productive and stay motivated while working on team projects.
Collaboration helps people feel like they are part of a team and play a significant role in the success of the company, while feeling supported by the other team members. Charles Darwin once said: “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learn to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”
Collaboration joins the efforts of team members to share their perspectives and opinions to create an expanded vision of the problem or mission at hand. This effort should produce solutions and achievements that are greater than anyone could produce individually. Although methods to introduce collaboration into an organisation often begin and end with the deployment of software, collaboration requires a much stronger foundation. Software by itself is not characteristic of effective collaboration. Methods of collaboration that are effective work with individuals, personal and team work ethics, organisational culture, team management, and organisational values and goals to produce exceptional results. If any of these characteristics of effective collaboration are lacking, executives and managers can take steps to improve collaboration methods.