Collaborative Environments Pay Off
The benefits of collaborative working have long been lauded by CEOs and business professionals:
- Improve service delivery times
- Delight your customers
- Save money
- Make money
- Create a happy workforce with a strong sense of purpose
- Solve problems quickly
There are all sorts of clever tools which are easily accessible in the work place to aid collaboration. Think about how easy you can start a conversation via email or social media. What about video conferencing tools like GoToMeeting and WebEx? There are all sorts of cloud hosted presentation software tools such as Prezi and EMaze which encourages users to share great content. And of course, ERP solutions which can link partners and suppliers, give customers easy access to information and seamlessly flow information through from one department to another can be a really valuable collaboration enabler.
Taking team work to another level, collaboration encourages people not just to work together but to actively participate in finding solutions which benefit the other as well as oneself.
Well, actually no. It’s not.
It can be frustrating waiting for the results of collaboration to pay off. It often involves a great deal of effort and trial & error to find out what works.
People can sometimes stand in the way. Believe it or not, some people enjoy duplicating and triplicating effort because it makes them feel industrious. Sometimes duplication of effort becomes the job and the worry that removal of this effort will remove the role sinks in. So some people are just not up for collaboration and will sabotage the process. And some businesses just feel they are too unique to be systemised.
It takes a strong leader to be able to create a collaborative vision for a company which everyone can get behind. You need to designate responsibility for the success of the project to individuals within the company. Make the fundamental premise as clear as possible to avoid ambiguity or lack of understanding. Realise that there will be the potential for conflict to arise and devise an open way of working which identifies the risk and mitigates it. Crucially, share lots of praise when the project shows signs of success.
Good luck with your collaboration. Please share any success stories with me in the comments below.
Written by Emma Stewart – Sales & Marketing Director at Cofficient. We aim to help collaboration by provisioning smart ERP software to forward thinking business leaders. To talk to someone about how we can help your business please get in touch