Alltech IT Solutions Blog

Why Should Collaboration be a Part of Your Workplace?

Why Should Collaboration be a Part of Your Workplace?

Collaboration is one of those terms that has a lot of potential, but doesn’t always live up to its promise. Some employees just aren’t naturally inclined to team up on a project. All is not lost, however… there are still things you can do to help encourage cooperative work amongst your team. Let’s go over a few reliable methods to nudge your users toward effective collaboration.

Encourage Out-of-Office Socialization

Consider what happens when kids are given the opportunity to work on a group project. They immediately bolt to their friends, safely within their comfort zone. Your employees aren’t going to behave much differently than these children: they’ll gravitate to the coworkers they’ve gotten to know, and chances are pretty good that they’ll only spend time with these “classmates” outside of “school hours.”

In order to stoke the kind of trust and familiarity that lends itself to collaboration, promote social, non-professional time to be spent outside the office--or create some yourself by holding a company picnic over the weekend and forbidding shop talk. While not all of your employees may be cut out to be best of buds, the better they know each other, the better they can work together.

Work to Their Strengths

Okay, so you have a project that you need a few employees to team up on. Who do you assign? Keep in mind that this project needs to be done right and done quickly as well.

Well, let’s say that you have the option of joining up three of your employees to work on this project. Regardless of their individual work ethic, you’ll encounter some problems if none of your team members are proficient with their assigned task. Diversifying the group can be a very effective way to encourage your employees to balance their abilities against those of their teammates to get the most done.

Make Your Expectations Clear

Make sure your team is informed about the kind of performance and outcomes you are expecting to see--especially from any collaborative work--and certain milestones you want your team to meet along the way. By setting definitive goals, you tell your employees what they need to do next, making it easier for them to determine how to do it, and whom to do it with. 

Reward the Team

This is an easy one. Did one of your production teams come through in a pinch and deliver? Did another department manage to sign a big deal? Make sure that any group efforts see some group recognition when things go well. Take the A-Team, for example… did Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith ever brag about his ideas being what saved the day in the end? No. Hannibal acknowledged that the efforts of the entire team were necessary for the plan to work: “I love it when a plan comes together!”

Be more like Hannibal. Make sure your team sees that you appreciate their value.

Lead by Example

Of course, as you’re telling your team to work together more effectively, you can’t hide away in your office all the time and shun human connection. You need to keep your door open and be receptive to your team, as well. Business collaboration (when done right) involves everyone, at all levels. Taking the steps to encourage it yourself will show your employees that you are serious about teamwork.

Use Technology that Makes Collaboration Easier!

The willingness to collaborate can easily wither away if the proper tools aren’t available, or if the process is overly complicated and/or time consuming. This challenge may have once prevented most collaborative efforts in the past, but that just isn’t the case anymore. Fortunately, most business technology available these days offers at least some collaborative aspect to it. This is largely thanks to the Internet--perhaps the most famous collaboration solution of them all. Any technology that makes it so convenient to effectively pool one’s resources is going to inherently promote such behaviors, and so you should make sure your workspace has this technology deployed.

Need Help Creating Collaboration Opportunities?

Alltech IT Solutions is here to help. Call us at 954-628-3770 to speak to one of our expert technicians!

You’ll Never Guess the Key to Completely Rebooting...
Tip of the Week: Five Expert Strategies for Better...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Sunday, April 05 2020

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Content Filtering Budget Excel Mobile Device Management Small Business Insurance Patch Management Shadow IT Conferencing Time Management Data Security A.I. Licensing Telephone Systems Sales Dark Web Word Remote Printer Server Cables Tech Support Miscellaneous G Suite Hosted Solution Windows 7 Staff IT Support Humor Chrome Mobile Office Hacking Unified Communications Windows 10 The Internet of Things Solid State Drive Machine Learning Telecommuting Automation Maintenance Cortana Office CrashOverride Smart Technology Chrome OS VPN BDR Operating System Updates Proactive IT National Security Update Recovery Virtual Private Network Tip of the Week Spam Leadership Business Continuity Paste Health Tip of the week Managed IT Cloud Computing Mobility Webcam Database IT Support Retail Tablet Managed IT Service Technology Profitability Document Management Hybrid Cloud Movies Lead Generation Internet Explorer Cabling Authorization Two-factor Authentication Entertainment HIPAA Settings Gadget Wireless Charging Yahoo Processor Fleet Management File Sharing Gaming Console Vulnerabilities Employee-Employer Relationship Regulation Travel Disaster Recovery Avoiding Downtime Television Communication Medical IT Efficiency Ink Alerts Streaming Media Security Microsoft Teams Unified Threat Management Phone System Physical Security Security Cameras Ransomware Bitcoin Business Technology Windows 10 Cybercrime Smartphones Save Money Congratulations Credit Cards Google Apps Instagram Windows Server 2008 R2 BYOD Memes instant Messaging eCommerce Customer Relationship Management Remote Support Multi-Factor Security e-waste Office 365 WiFi Information Technology Voice over IP WhatsApp User Security Firewall E-Commerce Co-Managed IT Printer Vendor Management Reporting Scam Computers Managed IT Services Cloud Project Management Processors Cryptocurrency Business Intelligence Email Emoji Remote Control Antivirus Passwords Server Managed IT Services Computer How To Data Protection Search Business Management Outsourced IT Productivity Scheduling News Storage SSD Microsoft Office Millennials Information Company Culture Dongle IT Plug-In Remote Monitoring and Management Automobile Digital Telecommute DDoS Network Holiday Backup Virtual Reality Google Drive Data loss Sports Battery IT budget File Management Cybersecurity Shortcut Laptop App Trends Computer Care VoIp Bandwidth Innovation Voice over Internet Protocol Employer Employee Relationship Emergency Hard Drives Hard Drive Bring Your Own Device Employees Twitter Eliminating Downtime Tech Term Social Network Remote Computing Encryption Password Environment OneNote Windows XP Connectivity Live Streaming Threat Law Enforcement Knowledge Facebook Worker Paper Data Breach Microsoft Mobile Security Autocorrect Dark Data Networking Access Server Management Backup and Disaster Recovery Paperless Office Vulnerability Benchmarks Scalability Workplace Tips Communications Payment Thank You Hosted Desktop Hacker Workers Hiring/Firing IT Management disposal Synergy Big Data Safety Collaboration Troubleshooting Tactics Human Resources User Tip Spyware Artificial Intelligence Wireless Blockchain Upgrade Taskbar Profiles Virtualization Mobile Amazon Downloads Remote Monitoring Technology Tips Error Education Cleaning Virtual Assistant SaaS Touchscreen Managed Services Provider Politics Biometrics Edge Analysis Data Recovery Data Going Green Electronic Health Records Copy Video Browser Gadgets Saving Money Employer-Employee Relationship Managed Service Provider Productivity iPhone Personal Information Hosted Solutions Spotify Distribution RAM Virus eWaste Financial Work/Life Balance Business Best Practices Specifications Wi-Fi Telephone System PowerPoint Freedom of Information Network Security Outlook User Tips Alert Quick Tips Marketing Customer Service Vendor Managed Service Malware Business Computing Wearables VoIP Display Holidays Payment Cards Smartphone Video Games Windows HP Compliance Comparison Internet of Things Telephony Network Attached Storage Files Batteries Hackers Phishing Healthcare Certification Office Tips Website Mobile Devices Staffing Hardware Hard Disk Drive Email Management Samsung Online Shopping Apple Users Privacy Government Recycling Threats Software Multi-Factor Authentication Botnet Scams Data Backup Authentication Tech Terms Mobile Device GDPR Net Neutrality Analytics IT Services Cost Management Data Management Websites Printing Printers Spam Blocking Applications IaaS Value Managing Stress Access Control Risk Management Help Desk Router WannaCry Social Media Current Events Training Gmail HaaS Inventory Google Maps Wireless Internet Android Money Microsoft Office 365 Internet