/7 Ways to Build a Collaborative Work Environment

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Date: 17th July 2018

7 Ways to Build a Collaborative Work Environment

Creating a successful business often boils down to the careful management of your resources and staff members. In order to improve standards across the board, and to increase levels of consistency within your company, it is important that your employees can work together effectively. Working out how to foster an environment where everyone gets along isn’t always possible, but you can put in place processes and a framework that allows for your company as a whole to work well together.

Let’s take a look at how you can create a collaborative environment within a modern office space.

Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Team

A collaborative workplace is one where there is a clear structure in place, with individuals picked to perform tasks that are suited to their strengths and teams working together for an overall goal. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of current and potential employees and match them into roles that suit those attributes. Confidence and creativity helps teams to connect and work well together.

Determine Key Responsibilities

Once you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your team you can assign specific roles and responsibilities to individuals. Analyse the list of tasks and sub-tasks, creating layered projects that allow for an overall view of a project for management purposes, with clever and effective individual goals and responsibilities for employees with clear targets and simple analysis.

Encourage Creativity

It doesn’t matter what industry you work in, creativity is a great way to create a collaborative working environment. In meetings ask your employees questions, involve them in the decision making process and create brainstorming sessions about overall goals, individual projects and task processes that encourages critical and creative thinking from every member of staff within a collaborative framework.

Create a Comfortable Working Environment

The workplace is somewhere we spend a lot of time, and because of that it is vital that your employees feel as comfortable as possible. Encourage staff to personalise desks with items from home, family photos and little keepsakes, allow some leeway with regards access to the Internet and social media and encourage your staff to socialise together. Comfortable serviced offices will help to welcome new staff members into an office environment quickly.

Improve Company Communication Processes

Create an internal communication process that all staff members understand from the top of the company to the bottom. Share information, encourage feedback and ask for opinions without fear of repercussion. A company that works well will have management that lead by example with clear communication skills. Build collaborative working tools and systems into the workplace for all departments and employees to utilise.

Improve Engagement

A flexible working environment helps to encourage employees to be freethinkers within the framework of company projects and long-term goals. Offer work from home options (or seek hot-desking facilities) and flexible working times to employees if and when it is possible. Build trust through allowing independence and your staff will work more effectively together as a team as a result.

Team Building Option

Team building exercises don’t have to be boring days stuck in the boardroom for an afternoon once a year. Encourage team building in several ways, from individual department night’s out, by developing games that encourage team work and a hard working ethic to meet goals, or by encouraging a competitive streak within team projects that gets people working harder and with more focus.

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