Businesses of any size can benefit from collaboration. Sometimes, you may hear the word “collaboration” and picture all of your employees sitting around the table in an all-day meeting, looking bored. But collaboration can be a very beneficial business practice. Regardless of how it’s done exactly, the aim of collaboration is always to benefit the business, and so within that employees and their managers are likely to see some positive effects. If collaboration isn’t a current part of your business management strategy, here are a few reasons for why it should be.
Ever heard the saying “Two brains are better than one,” or maybe “iron sharpens iron”? As a business owner or manager, it’s likely that you spend a lot of time thinking and strategizing about how to get your employees to become more productive. But often what makes people more productive is actually other people. Creating a workplace collaboration culture can help boost individual productivity. According to Jostle, collaboration can help employees with complex problem-solving and divvying up tasks. In addition, it may help employees on the same team “trade” workloads according to their strengths, paving the way for getting tasks done more efficiently.
Collaboration practices in the workplace can also help boost team morale. According to CMOE, morale among employees can influence their motivation to do their jobs. If you think about it, you’ll probably remember this from your own pre-management days. When morale is down and employees are disgruntled and grumbling, bad attitudes can spread fast. It’s a safe bet to say that unhappy employees are less productive, since they may not see any value in their job or in how it connects to the larger picture. If employees work together toward a common goal, however, they do a lot of the heavy lifting for you as they boost morale in each other.
Increase Employee Retention
Collaboration can also help with employee retention. At first, this may not seem like an obvious employee retention strategy. But if employees are regularly sharing best practices and pooling resources, they’re more likely to have buy-in for the business because they see that their ideas are heard and contributing. According to Simpplr, collaboration can be especially helpful in uniting people from different backgrounds, as it helps connect employees to the business as a whole and see that their individual contributions are benefiting the group.
So how can your workplace introduce or improve on collaboration practices? There are many resources out there to help you leverage this strategy and introduce it into your business. Give it a try and watch your workplace productivity steadily rise.