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How to work collaboratively

Maia Creed
By Maia Creed
on April 18, 2018

how to work collaboratively

Effective collaboration can position your business for success. It enables workers to feel more valued within a team, leading to increased engagement, improved productivity and better results.

 

Read: 10 Habits of Highly Collaborative Teams

 

If you’re searching for ways to improve the way in which your team works collaboratively, then look no further. Here are three tips to get you started.

 

1. Build trust between team members

Trust building is an important step for achieving effective collaboration between team members. Harvard Business Review reports that people at high-trust companies also report: 74% less stress, 106% more energy at work, 50% higher productivity, 13% fewer sick days, 76% more engagement, 29% more satisfied with their lives, and 40% less burnout.

One way of encouraging collaborative working is with traditional trust building exercises. Not only will they break the ice, say, if new relationships need to be built up; but they can also develop problem-solving skills and encourage team members to increase their trust in one another’s judgement.

 

2. Work to overcome silos mentalities

Silos mentality can be a prominent issue within many organizations. It occurs when departments or groups within a business are unwilling to share information with other individuals, despite being part of the same organization. This attitude has a negative impact on business, with statistics showing us that 97% of employees and executives believe that a lack of alignment within a team impacts the outcome of a task or project.

Working transparently is the solution to overcoming silos mentality. All teams within an organization should understand that they have a common goal to achieve – for the business to succeed. With this in mind, team members should openly communicate (with each other and with other departments), in order to produce the best results.

 

3. Make information easily accessible

Following on from encouraging openness between team members, the same idea applies when it comes to making information and knowledge available for teams. Team members need to easily be able to access the information they need, in order to complete their job efficiently and work collaboratively. In today’s world, cloud solutions are a popular way to achieve this.

Cloud-based collaboration tools have been around for some time now. They are designed to improve the way in which knowledge is shared securely between team members and departments. Solutions like Clinked, offer features that combine document management with communication – without the geographical boundaries. These collaboration tools make teamwork fast, efficient and collaborative.

 

Read: The evolution of business collaboration

 

Hopefully, these tips have helped you and your team learn about the importance of collaboration, and how it can be achieved in your workplace.

 

Clinked can help you keep your information in one place, with customized and secure portals. Clients can access their documents, discussions, events, tasks and more – all from a centralized environment. Get started today.

 

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