7 Best Ways to Increase Team Collaboration Within the Workplace

Organizations are finding it increasingly challenging to raise or maintain team collaboration within a department 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.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. –Henry Ford

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.

Streamlining Process

A lack of goals is an issue that has the biggest effect on employee retention. Most employees leave start-ups or companies that have not developed a clear picture of their goals and how to achieve them. 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.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.  — Michael Jordan

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 your related topic or related 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.

Team Collaboration

Improving 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’s success or failure. 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.

Share Share Share: Organizations must entrust people to share information, challenges, feedback, or anything that will help to make work easier. Sharing also has to be backed up by reward and dialogue by the workplace.

Lead by example: Organizational heads and managers must lead by example. If you want employees to communicate, you must have the organization’s decision makers do it first through feedback and one-on-ones,

Use a collaboration tool: One of the major factors in enhanced communication, an enterprise tool strengthens internal and customer communication with instant messaging, video and conference calls, and task and project management. Collaboration tools save companies millions in travel costs, and paperwork, and also help increases employee productivity and keep departments and decision makers on the same page at all times.

Use a mobile collaboration software: Most tools like MangoApps, Yammer and Slack have a mobile version. Mobile apps help keep employees connected on-the-go and on the move at all times around the world on various projects, assignments, and customer service needs.

Improving Engagement

Engage employees from day one. Instead of the largely dull PPT’s 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, helps save travel and traffic time, and improve accountability as well. Most workplaces don’t trust employees to work from home, but it is statistically proven that employees who work from home are more productive and happier than traditional office workers.

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.

Team members, departments, and decision makers should all be on the same page and working toward one common goal. Team members should also be able to describe how their role will affect the success or failure of a goal. Understanding and supporting each other is crucial for achieving any goal.

Encourage people to socialize outside of work

On most occasions, the term “mixing business with pleasure” is not a good idea. But when it comes to creating a good work relationship and enhancing team collaboration, it is an excellent idea. Getting to know coworkers outside of work can boost interdependence, team collaboration, and communication.