Hopefully this week started out well for you. As you get on with your work tasks, we thought you might like a quick reminder on how you can make your work place a more collaborative environment. In fact, according to Jacob Morgan, author of Amazon bestseller “The Collaborative Organization”, you may find that there are good reasons to believe collaboration is THE option, rather than just an option.
To get the ball rolling, we’ve summarised Morgan’s guidelines on why and how to collaborate in the work place. Hopefully you’ll find them as inspiring as we did.
1. Understand that individual benefit is just as important as corporate benefit, if not more so. After all, any work place will is bound to become a saner place if co-workers remember that empowering and supporting can lead to much more than policing and enforcing.
2. Think collectively about your strategies before you think of your technology. The most effective way to reach your company’s goals could be to start by figuring out what makes those goals relevant and why you want to achieve them.
3. Listen to your co-workers! Learn what makes them move, what they’re passionate about, and take time to share your thoughts with them as well. If you become aware of all the diverse motivations that already exist in your around you, you’ll probably be on to an increase in productivity, and quite possibly a better work-life balance.
4. Have a readiness to integrate into the work flow. If you’re not on-board with whatever’s going on in your company, how should you expect that of your co-workers? Start to cultivate quality of presence at work, by being attentive, alert and available to discuss any questions that pop up.
5. Be ready to adapt to changing processes and new challenges. Collaborating with co-workers to tackle the quick dynamics that mark your work environment will turn work into a less stressful and more enjoyable space for all.
6. Remember that ultimately, your customers will benefit from your collaborating with co-workers. After all, it will help you provide faster and more accurate responses. It will also allow you to create a repository of knowledge for dealing with reoccuring issues, and come up with more effective ways to integrate customer feedback into your overall strategy.