6 pieces of advice to encourage collaboration inside your company!

Sep 06 2015

Teamwork is crucial within any organization. A good collaboration means to know how to share important information and knowledge within your company with all the team in order to improve your productivity. 

Your data being the core of your business, your teams, your customers and partners you work with, it should be available and easily accessible by everyone.

In order to foster collaboration in your company, you must reconsider your way of working:

1) Encourage freedom of expression

Creativity is stimulated in environments where people can freely express their opinions, without being afraid to be wrong, even if they are in a lower hierarchical position.

2) Appreciate the collective performance

The valuation and performance recognition systems often focus on individual performance. Although individuals want to be recognized for their personal contribution, a balance taking into account the collective performance should exist as well.

3) Facilitate the collaborative work

Sharing attachments in emails, as well as searching for documents throughout the desktop, cloud and enterprise servers can undermine collaboration between employees. Fostering collaboration in your company entails giving the right tools to your employees. Technology has evolved existing specialized tools nowadays that enable us to structure, centralize and share information more easily.

4) Don't overuse emails and choose a more advanced solution

Those who think that email could foster collaboration have it wrong. Email does not rhyme with collaboration, it is just a tool for communication. Technologies are evolving and there are many tools that take into account this collaborative aspect. It is now possible to exchange information in a specific context and not to waste time in finding information related to specific points of the discussion.

5) Break the silos in order to allow the collaborative work

The use of the new collaborative and social tools can break the information silos, improve productivity and develop collective intelligence. Employees can create communities that are dedicated to their work and exchange around common issues while creating links with content produced by other entities.

6) Boost cohesion

It is very important to involve everyone in the team in decision making processes. Not only can they share their ideas, but they could also be more inclined and motivated to implement them afterwards. Furthermore, it nurtures communication regarding the workflow in order to avoid getting stuck in situations where efforts are duplicated.