Organizations are finding it increasingly challenging to raise or maintain team collaboration across the workplace. The challenge is getting team members to know each other better, have team members thrive on each other for success, and increase communication within departments and employees. These challenges keep evolving with expanding offices across locations, departments, languages, and cultures. This article will show that despite all of these challenges, your workplace can maintain and even improve team collaboration.
Team Building Games
Games are one of the best and most fun ways to build new relationships or amend old ones. It could be as simple as playing a favorite team sport like basketball, football, disc golf or even a water sport. Simple team building activities and other problem-solving games are also an effective way to teach employees how to trust one another’s judgment, problem-solving skills in a group, communicate efficiently, and most importantly break the ice.
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Streamlining The Process
Breaking down company silos can help employees reach out with valuable suggestions and feedback that will help streamline a company’s processes. This improves team collaboration and, if the proposal is implemented, can make an employee feel like he belongs. Encourage brainstorming and ask your team to come up with ideas around streamlining and how to implement them.
Use a Team Collaboration Portal
There isn’t a better way to increase team collaboration than with team collaboration software. The platform helps store, share, and train through videos, documents and video-conferences. With a simple search for a related topic or employee skill, an employee can find the right information or person from across the world.
It also helps bring together different departments and employees from across locations, conversing and working together in a way that otherwise would not be possible. Because of the collaboration platform, employees are able to converse on a day to day basis about various internal tasks, group activities, policy changes, project challenges, ideas, questions, and answers, and more.
Improve Employee Communication
Improving Internal employee communication is not something organizations set time for or have an assigned budget for. Nevertheless, it is one of the most important aspects of any organization. You could have some of the most talented individuals in the world, but without a cohesive team, an active and harmonious culture cannot be sustained. In order or improve communication, employers must entrust people to share information, challenges, feedback, or anything that will help to make work easier.
Engage employees from day one. Instead of the largely dull power points and filling out paperwork, start with eagerness and curiosity. Help employees get to know their co-workers by pairing them with a mentor. Familiarize them with a positive culture by creating a perfect first impression.
You can also improve engagement by increasing the option of working from home. Give employees the freedom to work from a more comfortable environment, help save travel and traffic time, and improve accountability as well.
Building Interdependence and Trust
Creating a sense of community and synergy in any team is a must for success and interdependence. Employees working as an effective team thrive on each other’s success. An individual or a department cannot single-handedly achieve success within a workplace. Without cooperation, communication, and trust the most profitable companies will not be able to succeed in the long-run.
Encourage people to socialize outside of work
Getting to know coworkers outside of work can boost interdependence and increase team collaboration and communication.