How Collaboration is Changing in Modern Companies
If someone asked you to name the most modern, trailblazing companies you can think of, it is likely that your mind will immediately go to the Googles, Facebooks, and Amazons of the world. Why? Because these companies have introduced new concepts for innovation, technology and customer service while also changing the way in which people work. But how do they do it? Enter collaboration.
What Is Collaboration?
According to The Balance Careers, “collaboration skills enable workers to interface productively with other colleagues. Successful collaboration requires a cooperative spirit and mutual respect. Employers typically seek employees who function effectively as part of a team and are willing to balance personal achievement with group goals.”
For modern companies, the concept and goals remain the same, but they utilize different tools and tactics to make sure collaboration is at the top of their priority list, as they know this is something employees require.
How Is It Changing in Modern Companies?
A common myth about technology is that it brings us further apart instead of closer together. We disagree.
Nowadays, technology can be used to bring people across continents together in seconds, to share updates, progress, goals and words of encouragement. So why not take advantage of this at the workplace? Some of the most collaborative companies have remote employees in locations all over the world, yet they focus on transparency, open lines of communication and team building through online tools.
Modern companies see collaboration as:
- A characteristic that is not limited by proximity
- A way to increase efficiency
- A way to keep employees engaged
- A team-building tool
- A dynamic goal that can always be improved
- A part of their company culture
So How Can I Introduce It To My Team?
1. Your office space matters … But it’s not just about desk setting
A few years ago, open-plan offices were introduced as the new affordable way to improve collaboration and efficiency across teams, but some experts were definitely not on board. In 2018, a Harvard study debunked this myth, demonstrating that both collaboration quality and quantity went down when offices switched to open concepts.
Instead, executives must ensure a safe, comfortable environment for workers where they can meet as needed, but still be able to work alone. If you have remote employees and not enough infrastructure for in-person meetings, make sure to explore virtual meeting tools that allow for this same interaction.
2. Mind Company Culture
When we think of company culture, it’s easy to be fooled by fun activities and trendy office spaces. However, company culture is about much more than happy hours and ping-pong tables in the break room, but it’s the definition of the environment in which employees work.
When thinking about your company, ask your employees: Do you feel valued at this company? Are you being challenged daily? Are your ideas being heard? When was the last time you learned a new skill? How can we improve collaboration? The answers might surprise you.
3. Invest in Tools That Matter
Because collaboration is not limited by proximity, executives at your company should have a major focus on finding the right tools to encourage collaboration, no matter where their employees work from. Spend time looking for the right tool that will increase productivity while also making employees feel like valuable parts of a team. You should see this as a short and long term investment.
Is improving collaboration a main goal for your company in 2019? Let us help! Kimonus was built with modern teams in mind, providing tools that encourage open communication, document sharing abilities and different tool integrations. We’re more than just a project management tool. Contact us to learn more.
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